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electric shock

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  1. shock1(def 6).

Origin of electric shock

First recorded in 1940–45
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  • This is independently demonstrated by the reaction to an electric-shock.

    Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose


British Dictionary definitions for electric shock

electric shock

noun
  1. the physiological reaction, characterized by pain and muscular spasm, to the passage of an electric current through the body. It can affect the respiratory system and heart rhythmSometimes shortened to: shock
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