[ gal-van-ik ]
/ gælˈvæn ɪk /


pertaining to or produced by galvanism; producing or caused by an electric current.
affecting or affected as if by galvanism; startling; shocking: the galvanic effect of his speech.
stimulating; energizing: Her galvanic presence brought the party to life.

Nearby words

  1. galuppi, baldassare,
  2. galuth,
  3. galv,
  4. galvani,
  5. galvani, luigi,
  6. galvanic battery,
  7. galvanic cell,
  8. galvanic couple,
  9. galvanic pile,
  10. galvanic skin response

Origin of galvanic

1790–1800; < French galvanique, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ic

Related formsgal·van·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for galvanic



/ (ɡælˈvænɪk) /


Also: voltaic of, producing, or concerned with an electric current, esp a direct current produced chemicallya galvanic cell
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



1797; see galvanism + -ic.

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Science definitions for galvanic


[ găl-vănĭk ]

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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