galvanometer

noun gal·va·nom·e·ter \ ˌgal-və-ˈnä-mə-tər \

Definition of galvanometer

: an instrument for detecting or measuring a small electric current by movements of a magnetic needle or of a coil in a magnetic field

galvanometric

play \ˌgal-və-nō-ˈme-trik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of galvanometer

galvan(ic) + -o- + -meter
Note: Term apparently introduced by the British scientist William Haseldine Pepys (1775-1856) in "Description of a newly invented Galvanometer, and an Account of some Experiments with Voltaʼs Pile upon several of the Gases," The Philosophical Magazine, vol. 10 (1801), pp. 38-42.


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galvanometer

noun gal·va·nom·e·ter \ ˌgal-və-ˈnäm-ət-ər \

medical Definition of galvanometer

: an instrument for detecting or measuring a small electric current by movements of a magnetic needle or of a coil in a magnetic field

galvanometric

play \-nō-ˈme-trik\ adjective

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