galvanism

noun gal·va·nism \ ˈgal-və-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of galvanism

1 : a direct current of electricity especially when produced by chemical action
2 : the therapeutic use of direct electric current (as for pain relief)
3 : vital or forceful activity

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Origin and Etymology of galvanism

borrowed from French galvanisme, from Luigi galvani (who conducted pioneering experiments in bioelectricity) + -isme -ism
Note: The French words galvanisme and galvaniser were apparently introduced by Alexander von humboldt in a letter, dated January 24, 1796 ("LettredeF.HumboldtàM.Pictet…surlʼinfluencedelʼacidemuriatiqueoxygenéetsurlʼirritabilitédelafibreorganisée,luealʼInstitutnational"), published in the Magasin encyclopédique, ou Journal des sciences, des lettres et des arts (Lʼan quatrième [1795],) pp. 462-72. In a footnote Humboldt states "Lesmotsdegalvanisme,galvaniser,dontjemesert,sontformésdʼaprèsceuxdemagnétisme,magnétiser.Ilssontrecommendablespoursabriéveté." ("Thewordsgalvanism,galvanize,whichImakeuseof,aremodeledonmagnetism,magnetize.Theyarecommendablefortheirconciseness.")


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galvanism

noun gal·va·nism \ ˈgal-və-ˌniz-əm \

medical Definition of galvanism

1 : a direct current of electricity especially when produced by chemical action (as in a storage battery)
2 : the therapeutic use of direct electric current (as to relieve pain)

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