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The therapeutic generation of local heat in body tissues by high-frequency electromagnetic currents.

di′a·ther′mic (-mĭk) adj.


(ˈdaɪəˌθɜːmɪ) or


(Medicine) local heating of the body tissues with an electric current for medical or surgical purposes
[C20: from New Latin diathermia, from dia- + Greek thermē heat]


(ˈdaɪ əˌθɜr mi)

also di•a•ther•mi•a

(ˌdaɪ əˈθɜr mi ə)

the therapeutic generation of heat in body tissues by electric currents.
[< German Diathermie (1909). See dia-, -thermy]
di`a•ther′mic, adj.


a method of treatment involving the production of heat in the body by electric currents. Also diathermia. — diathermic, adj.
See also: Remedies


A method used during surgery to allow cutting without excessive bleeding, using a high-frequency electric current.
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Noun1.diathermy - a method of physical therapy that involves generating local heat in body tissues by high-frequency electromagnetic currents
modality - a method of therapy that involves physical or electrical therapeutic treatment


n. diatermia, aplicación de calor a los tejidos del cuerpo por medio de una corriente eléctrica.
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Tenders are invited for Supply electro surgical diathermy unit at sir sunderlal hospital, bhu, varanasi
Objective: To determine the mean post-operative pain in scalpel versus diathermy opening of midline laparotomies.
These surgeries involved either (1) Coblation, (2) Coblation with partial suture closure of the tonsillar fossa, (3) diathermy, or (4)partial intracapsular tonsillectomy (PIT).
However electrocautery is the most commonly applied technique for tonsillectomy world wide Monopolar diathermy entails using a monopolar cautery probe to thermally coagulate and dissect in the plane of tonsillar fossa and control hemorrhage at the same time by ablating the bleeders5,6.
Submucosal Diathermy (SMD) of the inferior turbinates was reported in 1907.
The room is fitted with new endoscopy equipment including a high-definition monitor, endoscopes, diathermy machine and computer for generating procedure reports.
The objective of this study was to compare the efficacy of cryosurgery and submucosal diathermy in terms of relief of nasal obstruction caused by hypertrophied inferior turbinates.
Objective: To assess and compare the relative efficacy of silk ligation and diathermy coagulation techniques in controlling bleeding during tonsillectomy in the first 24 hours.
In a beauty clinic, electrocoagulation or diathermy is also used to remove unwanted facial hair.
Objective: To determine the knowledge, attitudes and practices of general surgical trainees regarding safe use of diathermy.
These include exposure to diathermy plumes, outdated guidelines for handling cytotoxic substances and standards for theatre crate weights.
We are currently trying to implement the change to smoke evacuator diathermy systems.