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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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Examples from the Web for diathermy
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  • Reduction of tension by means of various mechanical measures, notably massage, and by means of electricity and diathermy.

    Glaucoma Various
  • He left, returning a few minutes later with a portable apparatus somewhat resembling its progenitor, the diathermy generator.

    In the Orbit of Saturn Roman Frederick Starzl
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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