(Latin: lightning; flashing)

electrofulguration (s) (noun), electrofulgurations (pl)
A kind of electrosurgery used to produce superficial desiccation or to remove moisture content: Instead of using a scalpel, the surgeon utilizes a heat-generating electrofulguration to burn or to vaporize body tissue in order to remove it and at the same time to stop or to minimize bleeding.
Fulgora (s) (noun), Fulgoridae (pl)
The name of the goddess of lightning: In Roman mythology, Fulgora was the female personification of a natural electrical discharge of very short duration and high voltage.
fulgural (adjective), more fulgural, most fulgural
Referring to flashing similar to lightning: Adriana suddenly had a fulgural thought about how to proceed with his project.
fulgurant (adjective), more fulgurant, most fulgurant
1. A reference to being very impressive, remarkable, or outstanding: Marie's fulgurant skills as a skater won her many prizes and accolades.
2. Pertaining to something that comes and goes intensely like a flash of light: such as, a piercing ache: The doctor’s patient complained of the fulgurant pain in her right side.

Trudy thought her heart was breaking because of the fulgurant distress that she felt after her boyfriend left her for another woman.

Lightening is flashing from dancer.
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Dazzling and flashy.
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fulgurate (s) (noun), fulgurates (pl)
A spectro-electric tube in which the decomposition of a liquid by the passage of an electric spark is observed.
fulgurate (verb), fulgurates; fulgurated; fulgurating
1. To send out light in flashes or to flash like lightning.
2. In medicine, to destroy abnormal tissue with electric current.
fulgurating (adjective), more fulgurating, most fulgurating
Descriptive of something that comes and goes intensely like a flash of light, or that is sharp and piercing: While Patricia was talking to her doctor, she suddenly had an excruciating or fulgurating pain in her back.
Referring to something that is like lightning applied in medical terms to sudden pain.
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fulguration (s) (noun), fulgurations (pl)
1. A method of destroying small growths or areas of body tissue using a sparking, movable electrode with long high-frequency electric sparks.
2. A flash like lightening.
3. The sudden brightening of a fused globule of gold or silver, when the last film of the oxide of lead or copper leaves its surface.
4. Etymology: from Latin fulguratio and fulguratus, "a lightning flash" which came from fulgurare, "to send lightning".
fulgurator (s) (noun), fulgurators (pl)
In engineering, an instrument used to spray salt solutions into a flame for examination or analysis.
fulgurite (s) (noun), fulgurites (pl)
1. In geology, a glassy, tubular rock structure or crust that is formed when lightning strikes dry sand or unconsolidated sandy soil and causes it to fuse.
2. A vitrified sand tube produced by the striking of lightning on sand; a lightning tube; also, the portion of rock surface fused by a lightning discharge.
3. Etymology: the name was coined in the 19th century from Latin fulgur, "lightning".

Always associated with the sky, bolts of lightning have actually been preserved in sand and rock. These fulgurites, or "petrified lightning", are fragile, glassy tubes formed when lightning strikes in sand, melting the particles around its path and fusing them together.

The hollow fulgurites, or self-portraits of the lightning channels that made them, range from one and a half to five centimeters in diameter. Some fossil fulgurites date back as far as 250,000,000 years.

—Dava Sobel; as seen in The American Heritage Dictionary of Science, 1986.

More about fulgurites

Everyone knows what happens to a tree when it gets struck by lightning, but what about when lightning strikes the ground?

Given the right conditions; such as, sandy soil or a beach, the lightning bolt's path is scorched vertically into the earth, preserved as a network of delicate, glassy tubes.

Knobbly and branched like tree roots, they can penetrate like tree roots and they penetrate several meters.

Estimates of the energy required to create a fulgurite vary, but the temperature reached is thought to be about 4,000 degrees centigrade.

Fulgurites are very rare, and the best place to find them is in shifting desert sand, not only because the necessary raw materials are abundant there; but also, because desert breezes blow their sand covers away.

Fulgurites have a value the goes beyond scarcity and aesthetics: they can exist for thousands of years and are able to provide scientists with information about past climates.

Geologists have discovered another type of fulgurite

High on a mountain in Greenland, geologists discovered another type of fulgurite on a mountain in Greenland: a branched trail running for many meters down a rocky hillside.

Lichen was burned away along the trail and the rock surface was transformed into a smooth glass, colored bright blue, red, and yellow.

This particular mountain top consists of banded rock formations which are rich in iron, and so, definitely not a safe place to be during a thunderstorm.

—Excerpts and modifications from "The word",
New Scientist, June 30, 2007; page 50.
fulgurize (verb), fulgurizes; fulgurized; fulgurizing
To treat necrotic or dead tissue with a method of destroying tissue by using a sparking, movable electrode.
fulgurous (adjective), more fulgurous, most fulgurous
1. A reference to discharging flashes similar to lightning.
2. Characteristic of or resembling lightning: The fulgurous cracking of a whip is one example of a natural discharge of something that has a short duration.
fulgury (s) (noun), fulguries (pl)
Jupiter fulgur (s) (noun) (no plural)
Jupiter was known as a lightning hurler or fulgur.

Cross references of word groups that are related, directly or indirectly, to: "lightning and/or thunder": astrapo-; bronto-; cerauno-, kerauno-; tonitro-, tonitru-.