[ dahy-uh-thur-mee ]

  1. the production of heat in body tissues by electric currents, for therapeutic purposes.

Origin of diathermy

<German Diathermie (1909). See dia-, -thermy
  • Also di·a·ther·mi·a [dahy-uh-thur-mee-uh]. /ˌdaɪ əˈθɜr mi ə/.

Words Nearby diathermy

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How to use diathermy in a sentence

  • 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
  • Reduction of tension by means of various mechanical measures, notably massage, and by means of electricity and diathermy.

    Glaucoma | Various

British Dictionary definitions for diathermy


diathermia (ˌdaɪəˈθɜːmɪə)

/ (ˈdaɪəˌθɜːmɪ) /

  1. local heating of the body tissues with an electric current for medical or surgical purposes

Origin of diathermy

C20: from New Latin diathermia, from dia- + Greek thermē heat

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