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

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galvanometric \ ˌgal-​və-​nō-​ˈme-​trik \ adjective

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The Cybraphon’s emotions are accessible via a Twitter feed but also appear on a on a 100 year-old galvanometer housed in the wardrobe (pictured above). Priya Ganapati, WIRED, "Robot Band Plays Music, Obsesses About its Online Followers," 31 July 2009

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First Known Use of galvanometer

1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

Other Words from galvanometer

galvanometric \ -​nō-​ˈme-​trik \ adjective

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