gal·​van·​ic gal-ˈva-nik How to pronounce galvanic (audio)
: of, relating to, or producing a direct current of electricity
a galvanic cell
: 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.Cruising World
: having an electric effect : intensely exciting
a galvanic performance
: produced as if by an electric shock
had a galvanic effect on the audience
galvanically adverb

Examples of galvanic in a Sentence

Her performance had a galvanic effect on the audience. her galvanic rendition of the song received rapturous applause
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of galvanic was in 1797

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Cite this Entry

“Galvanic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


gal·​van·​ic gal-ˈvan-ik How to pronounce galvanic (audio)
: of, relating to, involving, or producing a direct current of electricity
galvanic stimulation of flaccid muscles
compare faradic
galvanically adverb
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