Meaning of tellurism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtɛljʊrɪz(ə)m/


  • 1 historical An influence or principle thought of as pervading the natural world and responsible for the phenomena of animal magnetism; animal magnetism regarded as arising from this.

    The concept was propounded by D. G. Kieser in Germany, in 1822.

  • 2 historical, rare The (supposed) production of disease by miasma from the soil or by other local miasmatic sources; disease (supposedly) produced in this way, specifically malaria. Compare paludism .


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Encyclopedia Americana. From classical Latin tellūr-, tellūs earth + -ism.