medical diathermy

medical diathermy
application of currents of low tension and high amperage, which produce warmth in the deeper parts of the body; used particularly to promote muscle relaxation and to treat joint disorders including contractures. Called also thermopenetration.

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  • diathermy — /duy euh therr mee/, n. Med. the production of heat in body tissues by electric currents, for therapeutic purposes. Also, diathermia /duy euh therr mee euh/. [ < G Diathermie (1909). See DIA , THERMY] * * * Use of high frequency electric current… …   Universalium

  • diathermy machine — noun a medical instrument for local heating of bodily tissues for medical purposes (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑medical instrument • Hyponyms: ↑microwave diathermy machine, ↑shortwave diathermy machine …   Useful english dictionary

  • microwave diathermy — medical diathermy using electromagnetic radiation by microwaves; it heats to a greater tissue depth than short wave diathermy and is particularly effective in heating tissues with high water content such as muscles, subcutaneous fat, and fluid… …   Medical dictionary

  • ultrasound diathermy — medical diathermy using ultrasound; it heats to a tissue depth of 5 to 6 cm and is particularly used to warm areas around tissue interfaces such as joints …   Medical dictionary

  • diathermy — noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1909 the generation of heat in tissue by electric currents for medical or surgical purposes • diathermic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • diathermy — [ dʌɪəˌθə:mi] noun a medical and surgical technique involving the production of heat in a part of the body by high frequency electric currents. Origin early 20th cent.: from dia + Gk thermon heat …   English new terms dictionary

  • medical instrument — noun instrument used in the practice of medicine • Hypernyms: ↑instrument • Hyponyms: ↑ballistocardiograph, ↑cardiograph, ↑bronchoscope, ↑electrocardiograph, ↑dialyzer, ↑dia …   Useful english dictionary

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