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[dahy-uh-thur-mee] /ˈdaɪ əˌθɜr mi/
noun, Medicine/Medical
the production of heat in body tissues by electric currents, for therapeutic purposes.
Also, diathermia
[dahy-uh-thur-mee-uh] /ˌdaɪ əˈθɜr mi ə/ (Show IPA)
Origin of diathermy
< German Diathermie (1909). See dia-, -thermy Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for diathermy


local heating of the body tissues with an electric current for medical or surgical purposes
Word Origin
C20: from New Latin diathermia, from dia- + Greek thermē heat
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diathermy in Medicine

diathermy di·a·ther·my (dī'ə-thûr'mē)
The therapeutic generation of local heat in body tissues by high-frequency electromagnetic radiation, electric currents, or ultrasonic waves.

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