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electroconvulsive therapy

[ih-lek-troh-kuh n-vuhl-siv, ih-lek-]
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noun Psychiatry.
  1. a treatment for serious mental illnesses, as severe depressive disorders, involving the application to the head of electric current in order to induce a seizure: usually administered after sedatives and muscle relaxants. Abbreviation: ECT
Compare shock therapy.

Origin of electroconvulsive therapy

First recorded in 1945–50; electro- + convulsive
Also called electroshock.
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British Dictionary definitions for electroconvulsive therapy

electroconvulsive therapy

noun
  1. med the treatment of certain psychotic conditions by passing an electric current through the brain to induce coma or convulsionsAbbreviation: ECT Also called: electroshock therapy See also shock therapy
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electroconvulsive therapy in Medicine

electroconvulsive therapy

n.
  1. Administration of electric current to the brain through electrodes placed on the head, usually near the temples, in order to induce unconsciousness and brief convulsions. Used in the treatment of certain mental disorders, especially acute depression.electroshock electroshock therapy
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electroconvulsive therapy in Science

electroconvulsive therapy

[ĭ-lĕk′trō-kən-vŭlsĭv]
  1. Administration of electric current to the brain through electrodes placed on the head, usually near the temples, in order to induce unconsciousness and brief seizures. It is used in the treatment of certain psychiatric disorders, especially severe depression.
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