galvanism


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gal·va·nism

 (găl′və-nĭz′əm)
n.
1. Direct-current electricity, especially when produced chemically. Also called voltaism.
2. Therapeutic application of direct-current electricity, especially the electric stimulation of nerves and muscle.

[After Luigi Galvani.]

galvanism

(ˈɡælvəˌnɪzəm)
n
1. (General Physics) obsolete electricity, esp when produced by chemical means as in a cell or battery
2. (Medicine) med treatment involving the application of electric currents to tissues
[C18: via French from Italian galvanismo, after Luigi Galvani]

gal•va•nism

(ˈgæl vəˌnɪz əm)

n.
1. electricity, esp. as produced by chemical action.
2. the therapeutic application of electricity to the body.
[1790–1800; < French galvanisme]

galvanism

a direct electrical current, especially one produced by chemical action. — galvanic, adj.
See also: Physics
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.galvanism - electricity produced by chemical action
electricity - a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons
2.galvanism - the therapeutic application of electricity to the body (as in the treatment of various forms of paralysis)
therapy - (medicine) the act of caring for someone (as by medication or remedial training etc.); "the quarterback is undergoing treatment for a knee injury"; "he tried every treatment the doctors suggested"; "heat therapy gave the best relief"
ECT, electroconvulsive therapy, electroshock, electroshock therapy - the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and coma
Translations

galvanism

[ˈgælvənɪzəm] Ngalvanismo m

galvanism

nGalvanismus m

gal·va·nism

n. galvanismo, uso terapéutico de corriente eléctrica directa.
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In a feat of choreographic galvanism, Freemantle made us believe the stool was his partner, tenderly cradling it, balancing it and rolling over it with more than enough lyricism for them both.
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