electroscopemedical dictionary

<instrument>

<physics> An instrument for detecting the presence of electricity, or changes in the electric state of bodies, or the species of electricity present, as by means of pith balls, and the like.

<physics> Condensing electroscope, a form of electroscope in which an increase of sensibility is obtained by the use of a condenser.

Origin: Electro- + -scope: cf. F. Electroscope.

(01 Mar 1998)