verb (used with object)

Psychiatry. to administer electroconvulsive therapy to.
to pass an electric current through.

Nearby words

  1. electroretinography,
  2. electrorheology,
  3. electroscission,
  4. electroscope,
  5. electrosensitive,
  6. electroshock therapy,
  7. electrosmosis,
  8. electrostatic,
  9. electrostatic field,
  10. electrostatic force

Origin of electroshock

First recorded in 1940–45; electro- + shock1

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electroconvulsive therapy


To administer electroconvulsive therapy to a person.

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