Definition of tellurism in English:

tellurism

noun

  • 1An 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. Now historical.

  • 2The (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. Now historical and rare.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

tellurism

/ˈtɛljʊrɪz(ə)m/