Origin of galvanize
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The Papacy is now a corpse beyond all power of galvanization.
Galvanization or faradization of the affected parts may also be employed, and with, occasionally, beneficial effect.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin</p>
Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Galvanization of the bladder with an intravesical electrode is sometimes of service to strengthen its capacity for contraction.
He was ordered two weeks' rest in bed, with massage, cool sponging daily, and galvanization of the areas of neuralgia.
On the other hand, he reports that intercostal neuralgia has never been materially benefited by galvanization in his hands.Neuralgia and the Diseases that Resemble it
Francis E. Anstie
- to stimulate to action; excite; startle
- to cover (iron, steel, etc) with a protective zinc coating by dipping into molten zinc or by electrodeposition
- to stimulate by application of an electric current
- Caribbean galvanized iron, usually in the form of corrugated sheets as used in roofing
Word Origin and History for galvanization
1798, noun of action from galvanize.
1802, from French galvaniser, from galvanisme (see galvanism). Figurative sense of "excite, stimulate (as if by electricity)" first recorded 1853. Meaning "to coat with metal by means of galvanic electricity" (especially to plate iron with tin, but now typically to plate it with zinc) is from 1839.
He'll swear that in her dancing she cuts all others out,
Though like a Gal that's galvanized, she throws her legs about.
[Thomas Hood, "Love has not Eyes," 1845]
Related: Galvanized; galvanizing.