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  1. Lu·i·gi [loo-ee-jee] /luˈi dʒi/, 1737–98, Italian physiologist whose experiments led to the discovery that electricity can result from chemical action.
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Examples from the Web for galvani

Historical Examples of galvani

  • Who does not know of Newton's apple, Galileo's lamp, Galvani's frog?

    Essay on the Creative Imagination

    Th. Ribot

  • Galvani and Volta were Italian scientists of the 18th century.

  • Galileo, Galvani, and Farini were physicians, and Goldoni a lawyer.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Mrs. Galvani was ill, and her physician prescribed some frog broth.

  • Galvani was not a good talker, though he seems to have been a good teacher.

    Makers of Electricity

    Brother Potamian

British Dictionary definitions for galvani


  1. Luigi (luˈiːdʒi). 1737–98, Italian physiologist: observed that muscles contracted on contact with dissimilar metals. This led to the galvanic cell and the electrical theory of muscle control by nerves
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galvani in Medicine


(găl-vänē, gäl-)Luigi 1737-1798
  1. Italian physiologist and physician who asserted that animal tissues generate electricity. Although proved wrong, his work stimulated research on electricity.
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