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Relating to, characterized by, or affected by diathermy.
Synonym(s): diathermal
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Relating to, characterized by, or affected by diathermy.
Synonym(s): diathermal.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


(di'a-ther?me) [ dia- + thermo-]
The therapeutic use of a high-frequency current to generate heat within some part of the body. The frequency is greater than the maximum frequency for neuromuscular response and ranges from several hundred thousand to millions of cycles per second. It is used to increase blood flow to specific areas. It should not be used in the acute stage of recovery from trauma.diathermaldiathermic (di'a-ther'mal) (di'a-ther'mik), adjective Synonym: endothermy

laparoscopic ovarian diathermy

Abbreviation: LOD
Laparoscopic ovarian drilling.

medical diathermy

The generation of heat within the body by the application of high-frequency oscillatory current for warming, but not damaging, tissues.

short-wave diathermy

Abbreviation: SWD
Diathermy using wavelengths of 3 to 30 m. The most common frequency is 27.12 MHz. The heat may be applied in a continuous manner as a deep heat modality or pulsed to take advantage of the nonthermal effects of this form of radiation.

surgical diathermy

Diathermy of high frequency for electrocoagulation or cauterization.
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According to the design scenario of the DHRS, the heat exchange power loaded on the surface of heat exchange tubes is 0.1 MW and the inlet temperature of the diathermic oil is 225[degrees]C.
where [DELTA][rho] is the diathermic oil density difference between the inlet and outlet of the auxiliary heat exchanger and [DELTA]h refers to the natural circulation height.
However, the heat transfer efficiency is greatly affected by the velocity of the diathermic oil.
Due to the long length of the heat exchange tubes, it is concluded that the diathermic oil is sufficiently heated while flowing through the tube and flowing out of the heat exchanger at a design temperature and enters the connected pipes.
The diathermic oil at the heat exchange tubes is gradually heated by the heat transferred from the interface, and the temperature rises from 186.94[degrees]C to 217.22[degrees]C.