galvanic

[gal-van-ik]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to or produced by galvanism; producing or caused by an electric current.
  2. affecting or affected as if by galvanism; startling; shocking: the galvanic effect of his speech.
  3. stimulating; energizing: Her galvanic presence brought the party to life.

Origin of galvanic

1790–1800; < French galvanique, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ic
Related formsgal·van·i·cal·ly, adverb
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galvanic

galvanical

adjective
  1. Also: voltaic of, producing, or concerned with an electric current, esp a direct current produced chemicallya galvanic cell
  2. informal resembling the effect of an electric shock; convulsive, startling, or energeticgalvanic reflexes
Derived Formsgalvanically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for galvanic
adj.

1797; see galvanism + -ic.

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galvanic in Science

galvanic

[găl-vănĭk]
  1. Relating to electricity generated by a chemical reaction. A galvanic cell is an electric cell, such as found in household and car batteries, that makes use of galvanic reactions to act as a power source. See Note at battery.
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