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; < French galvanisme, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ism
Example Sentences for galvanism
Among these is a keen interest in the advances which have been made of late iv galvanism, electricity and magnetism.
In galvanism, our countrymen have made many important discoveries.
British Dictionary definitions for galvanism
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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Word Origin and History for galvanism
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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