from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Direct-current electricity, especially when produced chemically. Also called voltaism.
- n. Therapeutic application of direct-current electricity, especially the electric stimulation of nerves and muscle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The chemical generation of electricity.
- n. The therapeutic use of electricity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Electricity excited by the mutual action of certain liquids and metals; dynamical electricity.
- n. The branch of physical science which treats of dynamical elecricity, or the properties and effects of electrical currents.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That branch of the science of electricity which treats of electric currents more especially as arising from chemical action, as from the combination of metals with acids.
- n. In medicine, the application of an electric current from a number of cells: in distinction from faradism or the use of a series of brief alternating currents from an induction-coil, and from franklinism or the charging from a frictional or Holtz machine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the therapeutic application of electricity to the body (as in the treatment of various forms of paralysis)
- n. electricity produced by chemical action
After Luigi Galvani.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French galvanisme, after physiologist Luigi Alyisio Galvani (1737–1798) + -isme. (Wiktionary)