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
< German Diathermie
(1909). See dia-
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Historical Examples of diathermy
Reduction of tension by means of various mechanical measures, notably massage, and by means of electricity and diathermy.
He left, returning a few minutes later with a portable apparatus somewhat resembling its progenitor, the diathermy generator.
British Dictionary definitions for diathermy
local heating of the body tissues with an electric current for medical or surgical purposes
Word Origin for diathermy
C20: from New Latin diathermia, from dia- + Greek thermē heat
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The therapeutic generation of local heat in body tissues by high-frequency electromagnetic radiation, electric currents, or ultrasonic waves.
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