Definition of Galvanism

1. Noun. Electricity produced by chemical action.

Generic synonyms: Electricity
Derivative terms: Galvanic

2. Noun. The therapeutic application of electricity to the body (as in the treatment of various forms of paralysis).

Definition of Galvanism

1. n. Electricity excited by the mutual action of certain liquids and metals; dynamical electricity.

Definition of Galvanism

1. Noun. The chemical generation of electricity. ¹

2. Noun. The therapeutic use of electricity. ¹

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Definition of Galvanism

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Medical Definition of Galvanism

1. Electricity excited by the mutual action of certain liquids and metals; dynamical electricity. The branch of physical science which treats of dynamical elecricity, or the properties and effects of electrical currents. The words galvanism and galvanic, formerly in very general use, are now rarely employed. For the latter, voltaic, from the name of Volta, is commonly used. Origin: From Galvani: cf. F. Galvanisme. See Galvanic. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Galvanism

galvanic nystagmus
galvanic pile
galvanic series
galvanic skin reaction
galvanic skin reflex
galvanic skin response
galvanic threshold
galvanism (current term)
galvanized iron

Literary usage of Galvanism

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1. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1804)
"The first volume, and nearly one half of the second, are occupied with an account of the principal facts and reasoning* relating to galvanism, which were ..."

2. The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature by Tobias George Smollett (1803)
"M. Vassali-Eandi, in a letter to M. de la Methe» rie, observes, that he cannot pronounce with certainty on tha. cause of the phenomena produced by galvanism ..."

3. Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1833)
"On the Effects of galvanism in restoring the due Action of the Lungs. By AP Wilson Philip, Physician in Worcester. Communicated by Sir Everard Home, Bart. ..."

4. Medical Record by George Frederick Shrady, Thomas Lathrop Stedman (1884)
"Occasionally her head is inclined to turn to the left. All evidence of clonic or tonic spasm has vanished. January 2d.—Nearly well. galvanism ..."

5. Elements of Chemistry ...: Designed for the Use of Schools and Academies by John Lee Comstock (1831)
"But when galvanism passes through a perfect conductor and the circuit remains ... The heating effects of galvanism seem to depend on the conducting power of ..."

6. A System of Materia Medica and Pharmacy by John Murray (1810)
"galvanism. JL HE peculiar power which is generated when two metals moistened or acted on by certain chemical liquids are in contact, at first named Animal ..."

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