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D'Arsonval current

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noun D'Ar·son·val current \ˈdär-sən-ˌvȯl-, -ˌval-\

Medical Definition of D'Arsonval current

  1. :  a high-frequency oscillating current of low voltage and high amperage used in diathermy



Biographical Note for d'arsonval current

Arsonval \ȧr-sōⁿ-vȧl\play , Jacques–Arsène d' (1851–1940), French biophysicist. D'Arsonval did pioneering work in electrotherapy. In 1892 he introduced the use of high-frequency currents to treat diseases of the skin and mucous membranes. The current is now known as the D'Arsonval current.


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