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[gal-vuh-niz-uh m] /ˈgæl vəˌnɪz əm/
Electricity. electricity, especially as produced by chemical action.
Medicine/Medical. the therapeutic application of electricity to the body.
Origin of galvanism
1790-1800; < French galvanisme, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ism Unabridged
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  • galvanism I have found, by numerous experiments, to be a process purely chemical.

    The Royal Institution Bence Jones
  • galvanism was tried without the patient showing any contractility.

  • Has galvanism or electricity any share in the mysterious function?

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • Volta read a communication on the identity of electricity and galvanism.

    Makers of Electricity Brother Potamian
  • The cause of young Ed's galvanism was so strong that he actually won from his aunt as bearer of the news.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • They tell me wonders of galvanism; what is your opinion of it?

    Life of Beethoven Anton Schindler
  • For thousands of years galvanism slumbered in copper and zinc, which lay quietly beside silver.

    Reincarnation Swami Abhedananda
  • Electricity too, in the form of galvanism, has never been idle.

  • In pursuing experiments on galvanism during the last two months I have met with unexpected and unhoped-for success.

    The Royal Institution Bence Jones
  • galvanism is the action of electricity upon animal bodies, and is so called from the name of its first discoverer, Galvani.

    The Reason Why Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for galvanism


(obsolete) electricity, esp when produced by chemical means as in a cell or battery
(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

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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