from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The action of conveying something downward or through something else; specifically, electrical endosmosis, especially electric endosmosis employed to cause medicinal substances (such as cocaine, quinine, or the like) to pass through or into living tissues in the direction of flow of a positive electric current, or from the anode to the cathode. See
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- noun the motion of charged particles in a colloid under the influence of an electric field; particles with a positive charge go to the cathode and negative to the anode
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Out of interest, this historical page on Harrogate Spa explains that Bergonié treatment is electrostimulation of the muscles, Nauheim treatment bathing in carbonated water (in imitation of the natural waters at Bad Nauheim), and cataphoresis a technique claimed to carry therapeutic ions into the body via an electrified pad on the skin.