- the production of heat in body tissues by electric currents, for therapeutic purposes.
Also di·a·ther·mi·a [dahy-uh-thur-mee-uh] /ˌdaɪ əˈθɜr mi ə/.
Origin of diathermy
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Reduction of tension by means of various mechanical measures, notably massage, and by means of electricity and diathermy.Glaucoma
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
- local heating of the body tissues with an electric current for medical or surgical purposes
C20: from New Latin diathermia, from dia- + Greek thermē heat
- The therapeutic generation of local heat in body tissues by high-frequency electromagnetic radiation, electric currents, or ultrasonic waves.