Galvanism
Galvanism Gal"va*nism, n. [From Galvani: cf. F. galvanisme. See {Galvanic}.] (Physics) (a) Electricity excited by the mutual action of certain liquids and metals; dynamical electricity. (b) The branch of physical science which treats of dynamical elecricity, or the properties and effects of electrical currents. [1913 Webster]

Note: The words galvanism and galvanic, formerly in very general use, are now rarely employed. For the latter, voltaic, from the name of Volta, is commonly used. [1913 Webster]


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