animal magnetism

noun

Definition of animal magnetism

  1. 1 :  a mysterious force claimed by Mesmer to enable him to hypnotize patients

  2. 2 :  a magnetic charm or appeal; especially :  sex appeal

Examples of animal magnetism in a Sentence

  1. a photograph that captures the athlete's animal magnetism

First Known Use of animal magnetism

1781


Medical Dictionary

animal magnetism

noun

Medical Definition of animal magnetism

  1. :  a spiritlike force alleged by the Austrian physician Franz Anton Mesmer (1734–1815) to reside within himself and to be active in his use of therapeutic hypnosis—see mesmerism


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