Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Derived from, or dependent upon, vital processes; -- said of certain electric currents supposed by some physiologists to circulate in the nerves of animals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Electrical and dependent upon vital processes.

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Examples

  • Whatever bodily changes affect the polarization of the electro-vital medium in any part of the organism, do thereby produce corresponding changes in the mind.

    A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication

  • From several considerations, which can not be detailed here, I am led to think that cramps are produced, generally, at least, by a temporary or spasmodic _reaction_ of the electro-vital force from an improperly negative to an excessively positive state in the parts affected.

    A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication

  • I also sometimes style this electro-vital element the _body electrical_, because it is certainly an entity, coëxtensive with and, in greater or less force, wholly pervading the visible, material body.

    A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication

  • In the material organism of man, the great nerve-centers -- the brain, the spinal cord, and the ganglions -- appear to act the part of fixed magnets, charged with the electro-vital fluid.

    A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication

  • There are two, and only two, primary classes of disease -- those in which the electro-vital force is abnormally _positive_, and those where it is preternaturally _negative_.

    A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication

  • But, in such cases, although the general disease of the system be chronic and negative, these sore and severely painful points have, for the time, risen in their electro-vital condition, and so become acute and positive.

    A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication

  • Forcing conduction through the nerves, by means of my artificial apparatus, I rouse the susceptibility of the nerves until they will normally conduct the "nervous influence" or electro-vital fluid, as I term it, and the paralysis is removed.

    A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication

  • I believe that, in the form of electro-vital fluid, the great Creator employs it as His immediate agent to carry on all the functions of animal life; and that, in respect to voluntary functions, He subordinates it as a servant to the will of the creature, to effect such cerebral action and such muscular contractions as are demanded by the creature's volitions.

    A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication

  • Do you not see that, by placing my negative pole on the already overcharged and inflamed eyes, I attract to them yet more of the electro-vital fluid, and so increase their positive condition and aggravate the inflammation? and that, by presenting my positive electrode to the eyes already more or less paralyzed, I repel what little electro-vitality there was there, and so make the nerves all the more negative and dead?

    A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication

  • And the nerve-lines and ramifications which issue from these great nerve-centers are polarized evidently in the same way -- the electro-vital fluid being disposed with its negative ends to the positive surfaces of the nerve-centers, and its positive or plus ends to the "vital organs," and especially to the surfaces of the organism as a whole.

    A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication

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