From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Voltaism \Vol"ta*ism\, n. [Cf. F. volta["i]sme.] (Physics)
   That form of electricity which is developed by the chemical
   action between metals and different liquids; voltaic
   electricity; also, the science which treats of this form of
   electricity; -- called also galvanism, from Galvani, on
   account of his experiments showing the remarkable influence
   of this agent on animals.
   [1913 Webster]
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