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galvanism

[gal-vuh-niz-uh m] /ˈgæl vəˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
Electricity. electricity, especially as produced by chemical action.
2.
Medicine/Medical. the therapeutic application of electricity to the body.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French galvanisme, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for galvanism

galvanism

/ˈɡælvəˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
(obsolete) electricity, esp when produced by chemical means as in a cell or battery
2.
(med) treatment involving the application of electric currents to tissues
Word Origin
C18: via French from Italian galvanismo, after Luigi Galvani
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Word Origin and History for galvanism
n.

"electricity produced by chemical action," 1797, from French galvanisme or Italian galvanismo, from Italian physicist Luigi Galvani (1737-1798) who discovered it c.1792 while running currents through the legs of dead frogs.

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