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Etymology: Gk, elektron, amber
a form of energy expressed by the activity of electrons and other subatomic particles in motion, as in dynamic electricity, or at rest, as in static electricity. Electricity can be produced by heat generated by a voltaic cell or produced by induction, rubbing of nonconductors with dry materials, or chemical activity. Electricity may be negative, when there is a surplus of electrons, or positive, when there is a surplus of protons or a deficiency of electrons.


A form of energy that is generated by the interactions of positive and negative charges and that exhibits magnetic, chemical, mechanical, and thermal effects.

frictional electricity

Static electricity generated by rubbing two objects together.

galvanic electricity

Electricity generated by chemical action.

induced electricity

Electricity generated in a body from another body nearby without contact between them.

magnetic electricity

Electricity induced by a magnetic device.

negative electricity

An electric charge caused by an excess of negatively charged electrons.

positive electricity

An electric charge caused by loss of negatively charged electrons.

static electricity

Electricity generated by friction of certain materials.

Patient discussion about electricity

Q. Is electric shock efficient for ocd? Is it dangerous? My husband has OCD for 15 years now. He was also diagnosed with mania-depressia. He takes so many medications and nothing really helps. We were offered to try electric shock and I'm scared. Is it dangerous? What are the chances of this method to work for him?

A. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is indeed considered effective for OCD, although it's not the first line of treatment. It does have its risks, including memory loss, disorientation and sort of confusion. There is also a change in the activity of the heart but it's rarely significant.

Generally it can be said that it's not an absolutely safe treatment, but it may help, especially if other drugs don't help.

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Q. Which type of toothbrush is the best? Electric or regular?

A. i think that is the most ancient debate of them all ? longer then mankind itself ?. Some people say that, other say this- but the truth is it doesn’t matter. It’s how you use the toothbrush that counts. If used properly even the simplest toothbrush can be satisfying.


A. is this the only symptom? if there are more- i recommend (the second time today!) this site:

you can make a list of the symptoms you have and it'll give you the optional diseases/syndromes

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Edison's direct-current system was safer than Westinghouse's alternating current, and he lobbied the New York legislature to employ AC for the electric chair to advance his position that AC was too deadly to become the standard.
The launch of the electric chair follows other gruesome toys already on sale in Britain.
Following the recommendations of this committee, New York constructed an electric chair which, as Thomas Edison testified, would lead to instantaneous death and was therefore considered more humane.
The lady should be getting the electric chair, being charged with treason.
The electric chair was an antique dental chair they'd converted so that it gave people little electric shocks and blew out lots of smoke when people sat on it.
Richard Dieter, director of the anti-execution Death Penalty Information Center, said: "The electric chair is clearly a brutal alternative.
Having seen the adverts on daytime television for those mechanical armchairs that help old and infirm people get out of their seat at the touch of a button, my mate's seven-year-old son said: "Dad, can we get an electric chair for granny?
SHE was the wife of one of the key protagonists in the atomic spy wars that gripped the public in the 1950s, and sent Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to the electric chair.
From the efforts to influence the boys into crime to the vicar trying to convert the boys back to the right path and the touching scene when Jimmy Cagney is crying and appealing for help as he is going to the electric chair, I have never forgotten that film.
They used to execute predators more appropriately by hanging, firing squad, the gas chamber or the electric chair.
WINSTON CHURCHILL wanted to send Adolf Hitler to the electric chair and let Gandhi starve to death, according to secret documents revealed today.
A death row killer of Welsh descent wants pen pals from Wales to help him prepare for the electric chair.