[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. galvanic cell,
  2. galvanic couple,
  3. galvanic pile,
  4. galvanic skin response,
  5. galvanise,
  6. galvanization,
  7. galvanize,
  8. galvanized,
  9. galvanized iron,
  10. galvanizing

Origin of galvanism

1790–1800; < French galvanisme, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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Word Origin and History for galvanism



"electricity produced by chemical action," 1797, from French galvanisme or Italian galvanismo, from Italian physicist Luigi Galvani (1737-1798) who discovered it c.1792 while running currents through the legs of dead frogs.

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