[ gal-vuh-niz-uh m ]
/ ˈgæl vəˌnɪz əm /


Electricity. electricity, especially as produced by chemical action.
Medicine/Medical. the therapeutic application of electricity to the body.

Origin of galvanism

1790–1800; < French galvanisme, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for galvanism

/ (ˈɡælvəˌnɪzəm) /


obsolete electricity, esp when produced by chemical means as in a cell or battery
med treatment involving the application of electric currents to tissues

Word Origin for galvanism

C18: via French from Italian galvanismo, after Luigi Galvani
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