from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The therapeutic generation of local heat in body tissues by high-frequency electromagnetic currents.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The generation of heat using high-frequency electromagnetic currents; especially the therapeutic production of heat in tissues in order to form coagulation

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a method of physical therapy that involves generating local heat in body tissues by high-frequency electromagnetic currents


dia- + -thermy (Wiktionary)


  • I should also point out, as Shebardigan mentioned in an earlier post, microwave ovens and diathermy essentially heat by coupling energy from an RF field to the vibrational and rotational modes of molecules, especially complex organic molecules.

    Freshwater: A Bonsell in the offing? - The Panda's Thumb

  • The fact that the effect observed RF burns on human skin happens over a small area, and is accompanied by other phenomena that one might not notice until the second or third such incident is strongly indicative of resistive heating, and deprecatory of a diathermy hypothesis. stevaroni replied to comment from Shebardigan

    Freshwater: A Bonsell in the offing? - The Panda's Thumb

  • That would be diathermy as opposed to simple heat generated at the point of skin contact by the passage of current through a fairly large-value resistor.

    Freshwater: A Bonsell in the offing? - The Panda's Thumb

  • The D'Arsonval machine was a type of Violet Ray Generator, and Nagelschmidt apparatus was diathermy.


  • It went out of business at the end of 1915 after successful litigation by a client whose knee had been burned by a diathermy machine.


  • I'd had some diathermy before in an area of incomplete anaesthesia - it just wasn't possible to numb that area at all - and although it hurt A LOT! it was over very quickly - my OB/GYN completed it in less than 5 seconds - and it was no worse than, say, having a burn on your arm from a hot soldering iron.

    Pain in the Hip Pocket Nerve

  • The injection of the anaesthetic was excruciating - the worst pain I've had since age 20 - and the anaesthesia was almost nonexistant, so the diathermy afterwards was unpleasant too.

    Pain in the Hip Pocket Nerve

  • This kind of radiation had already been used in diathermy, or deep heat treatment for patients with arthritis, as well as in communications and navigation.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Twelve studies evaluated patients with acute LBP and compared manipulation with exercise, diathermy, infrared, electrical stimulation, movement education, massage, and drugs.

    The Best Alternative Medicine

  • Naturopaths often use hydrotherapy; exercise; massage; naturopathic manipulation techniques, which are somewhat similar to chiropractic; immobilization, by using braces and splints; ultrasound, diathermy, or heat therapy; electrical stimulation; and light therapy.

    The Best Alternative Medicine


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.