galvanism

[gal-vuh-niz-uhm]
noun
1.
Electricity. electricity, especially as produced by chemical action.
2.
Medicine/Medical. the therapeutic application of electricity to the body.

Origin:
1790–1800; < French galvanisme, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ism

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galvanism (ˈɡælvəˌnɪzəm)
 
n
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
 
[C18: via French from Italian galvanismo, after Luigi Galvani]

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galvanism
"electricity produced by chemical action," 1797, from Fr. galvanisme or It. galvanismo, from It. physicist Luigi Galvani (1737-1798) who discovered it while running currents through the legs of dead frogs.
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In galvanism, our countrymen have made many important discoveries.
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