[ dahy-uh-thur-mee ]
/ ˈdaɪ əˌθɜr mi /
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noun Medicine/Medical.
the production of heat in body tissues by electric currents, for therapeutic purposes.
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Also di·a·ther·mi·a [dahy-uh-thur-mee-uh]. /ˌdaɪ əˈθɜr mi ə/.

Origin of diathermy

<German Diathermie (1909). See dia-, -thermy
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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.

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


British Dictionary definitions for diathermy


diathermia (ˌdaɪəˈθɜːmɪə)

/ (ˈdaɪəˌθɜːmɪ) /

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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Medical definitions for diathermy

[ dīə-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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