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electroconvulsive therapy

noun

Definition of electroconvulsive therapy



1948

First Known Use of electroconvulsive therapy

1948


Medical Dictionary

electroconvulsive therapy

noun

Medical Definition of electroconvulsive therapy

  1. :  the treatment of mental illness and especially depression by the application of electric current to the head of a usually anesthetized patient that induces unconsciousness and convulsive seizures in the brain—abbreviation ECT; called also electric shock, electric shock therapy, electroshock therapy




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