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

di′a·ther′mic (-mĭk) adj.
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(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]
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(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.
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a method of treatment involving the production of heat in the body by electric currents. Also diathermia. — diathermic, adj.
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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
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n. diatermia, aplicación de calor a los tejidos del cuerpo por medio de una corriente eléctrica.
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References in periodicals archive ?
There are various surgical techniques available such as electrocautery, submucosal diathermy (SMD), cryosurgery, laser turbinoplasty, radiofrequency ablation, micro-debrider-assisted turbinoplasty and Inferior turbinectomy4.
They included tracheomalacia, infection, ischemic necrosis, diathermy, injury during endotracheal intubation, and contributions from the underlying disease process.
A heat treatment called diathermy or laser therapy can be performed or injections of drugs given to stop any bleeding.
Hemiglossectomy using monopolar diathermy is the conventional surgical treatment of choice for carcinoma of the tongue.
Surgical smoke is generated from tools, such as diathermy and lasers, which are used in the majority of operations conducted in theatres worldwide.
An inquest in Middlesbrough heard that doctors chose to use single-use heat equipment, known as diathermy forceps, to seal the wound.
Hemorrhoidectomies performed with Ligasure diathermy are associated with significantly less operating time and postoperative pain than are those performed by conventional monopolar diathermy, reported Dr.
A spokesman said: "From the evidence available, it has been deduced that an inflatable cuff at the end of one of the endo-tracheal tubes came into close proximity or direct contact with the diathermy probe used to cut through tissue and this resulted in the small fire.
An investigation into her death is continuing but a "causal factor" could have been the use of single-use diathermy forceps, which work by sealing wounds with heat, a health spokesman said.
Surgical options are electrocautery of inferior turbinates, [2] Submucosal Diathermy (SMD), [3] cryosurgical reduction, [4] Laser surgery, [5] radiofrequency tissue ablation, [6,7] partial inferior turbinectomy (PIT), [8] Inferior Turbinate Bone Resection (ITBR), [9] etc.