galvanism

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French galvanisme, after physiologist Luigi Alyisio Galvani (1737–1798) + -isme.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡælvəˌnɪzəm/

NounEdit

galvanism (usually uncountable, plural galvanisms)

  1. The chemical generation of electricity.
  2. The therapeutic use of electricity directly applied to the body.
    • 1887, Harriet W. Daly, Digging, Squatting, and Pioneering Life in the Northern Territory of South Australia, page 101:
      The sudden application of galvanism to bands of savages may fairly rank as a new sensation, and they, thinking the wire held this strange and mysterious power, wisely left it alone.
    • 1892, Journal of Electrotherapeutics: Volume 10
      Erb and Remak in Germany, Beard and Rockwell and Althans in America, have used it with advantage, in the forms of galvanisms and faradisms, in the treatment of joint troubles.

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ReferencesEdit

  • OED2

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French galvanisme.

NounEdit

galvanism n (uncountable)

  1. galvanism

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