Tarantism

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tarantism

(Science: medicine) A nervous affection producing melancholy, stupor, and an uncontrollable desire to dance. It was supposed to be produced by the bite of the tarantula, and considered to be incapable of cure except by protraced dancing to appropriate music.

Alternative forms: tarentism.

Origin: It. Tarantismo: cf. F. Tarentisme. See Tarantula.