Definition of Diathermy

1. Noun. A method of physical therapy that involves generating local heat in body tissues by high-frequency electromagnetic currents.

Generic synonyms: Modality



Definition of Diathermy

1. Noun. (physics medicine) The generation of heat using high-frequency electromagnetic currents; especially the therapeutic production of heat in tissues ¹

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Definition of Diathermy

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Medical Definition of Diathermy

1. The heating of the body tissues due to their resistance to the passage of high-frequency electromagnetic radiation, electric currents or ultrasonic waves. In medical diathermy (thermopenetration) the tissues are warmed but not damaged, in surgical diathermy (electrocoagulation) tissue is destroyed. Origin: Gr. Therm = heat This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Literary usage of Diathermy

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1. The Oxford Medicine by Henry Asbury Christian, James Mackenzie (1920)
"For further details concerning the technic of application of short wave diathermy other more complete publications should be ..."

2. The Principles of Physics and Biology of Radiation Therapy by Bernhard Kroenig, Walter Friedrich (1922)
"Others have used diathermy to increase at selected places of the biologic object the biologic action of rays, for instance to induce an increased action on ..."

3. A Working manual of high frequency currents by Noble Murray Eberhart (1919)
"Nagelschmidt, Doyon and others confirmed these early observations, and the name diathermy was applied to this method of increasing the temperature of the ..."

4. The Cancer Problem by William Seaman Bainbridge (1914)
"Since that time this method has been employed by surgeons in different centers, generally under the name diathermy, applied by Nagelschmidt. ..."

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