galvanic

adjective gal·van·ic \ gal-ˈva-nik \

Definition of galvanic

1 a : of, relating to, or producing a direct current of electricity
  • a galvanic cell
b : caused by galvanism used especially of the corrosion of metallic objects as a result of electrolytic action
  • … an effective alternative to conventional copper paints that cause galvanic corrosion of metals underwater.
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2 a : having an electric effect : intensely exciting
  • a galvanic performance
b : produced as if by an electric shock
  • had a galvanic effect on the audience

galvanically

play \gal-ˈva-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of galvanic in a Sentence

  1. Her performance had a galvanic effect on the audience.

  2. her galvanic rendition of the song received rapturous applause

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Origin and Etymology of galvanic

borrowed from French galvanique, from galvanisme galvanism + -ique 1-ic

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GALVANIC Defined for English Language Learners

galvanic

adjective

Definition of galvanic for English Language Learners

  • : relating to or producing a direct current of electricity

  • : causing people to feel or react strongly


Medical Dictionary

galvanic

adjective gal·van·ic \ gal-ˈvan-ik \

medical Definition of galvanic

: of, relating to, involving, or producing a direct current of electricity
  • galvanic stimulation of flaccid muscles
— compare faradic

galvanically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Biographical Note for galvanic

  • Galvani play \gäl-ˈvä-nē\, Luigi (1737–1798), Italian physician and physicist. Galvani is known for his pioneering experiments in the electrical stimulation of frog nerves and muscles. His experiments motivated the discovery of a source of a constant current of electricity by Alessandro Volta.


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