Animal electricity


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the electricity developed in some animals, as the electric eel, torpedo, etc.

See also: Animal

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The convulsions of frog legs laid on metal plates, explained to have been caused by the omnipresence of the 'animal electricity', working in every human body, the contrast between tension and relaxation, something intimate between physics, chemistry, biochemistry and the psyche, was the main source of inspiration for my septet.
Animal Electricity: How We Learned That the Body and Brain are Electric Machines
According to Galvani, what produced this kick was a new thing, an animal electricity. Volta, writing in 1793 to the Royal Society in London an "Account of Some Discoveries Made by Mr.
that the electric fluid set in motion in the organs, by pushing its current through the muscles and affecting them with a certain force, excites their natural irritability and thus makes itself the stimulating agent; all muscular motion is caused by such an irruption of electric fluid in the muscles, whether artificial electricity is employed, or whether animal electricity is let loose; that finally the same motions that are naturally in the living animal machine, at least the voluntary motions, has the same cause, namely, the immediate action of the electric fluid on the muscles.
The comparisons made between electricity and sympathy (where sympathy was held to be internal rather than external to the body) could suggest galvanism particularly and Luigi Galvani's idea of animal electricity, for example.
A key character in the backstory is Italian physician Luigi Galvani, who spent years studying "animal electricity," the idea that an electric shock or current could restore activity to a dead body.
* Frogs' Legs - make a frog's leg twitch to see how our nerves rely on animal electricity.
Galvanic skin response is named after the Italian physician and physicist Luigi Galvani, who in the late eighteenth century first began generating muscle movements in frogs and other animals via electric current ("animal electricity," he called it, and humans were not far behind in the experiments of his acolytes, such as his nephew Giovanni Aldini).
On the one hand, the idea of "animal electricity" gained sway, i.e.
Although, in his later writings, at least, Galvani had admitted that the electricity originated from the metals employed, he insisted on the existence of an "animal electricity" also resident in the muscle and nerve structures of the frog's leg.
Galvani decided it was the muscle, and he spoke of animal electricity. In this he was wrong, but electricity was involved with nerve and muscle action just the same.
The author has organized the main body of his text in fourteen chapters devoted to the ancient search for the soul, the discovery of the nervous system, the cell doctrine from late antiquity to the Renaissance, animal electricity as a new life force, the rise and fall of phrenology, the discovery of the nerve cell, the return of the concept of the reflex, mapping the cerebral cortex, the rise of psychology and neurology, solving the mystery of the nerve impulse, the discovery of chemical neurotransmission, neurosurgery and clinical tales, and surveying the last fifty years of neuroscience and looking ahead to future developments.
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