diathermy


dia·ther·my

noun \ˈdī-ə-ˌthər-mē\

Definition of DIATHERMY

:  the generation of heat in tissue by electric currents for medical or surgical purposes
dia·ther·mic \ˌdī-ə-ˈthər-mik\ adjective

Origin of DIATHERMY

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1909

Rhymes with DIATHERMY

dia·ther·my

noun \ˈdī-ə-ˌthər-mē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural dia·ther·mies

Medical Definition of DIATHERMY

: the generation of heat in tissue by electric currents for medical or surgical purposes—called also endothermy; see electrocoagulation, shortwave diathermy

diathermy

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Use of high-frequency electric current for deep heating of tissues in physical therapy. Shortwave, ultrasound, and microwave diathermy heat tissues at different depths for different purposes. Low heat warms tissue to ease muscle pain. Higher degrees of diathermy destroy tissue; this is useful in surgery, particularly on the eye or nerves, to coagulate, limit bleeding, and seal off traumatized tissues.

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