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shock therapy

noun

Simple Definition of shock therapy

  • : a treatment for mental illness in which the patient is given electric shocks

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shock therapy

  1. :  the treatment of mental disorder by the artificial induction of coma or convulsions through use of drugs or electric current —called also shock treatment

1917

First Known Use of shock therapy

1917


Medical Dictionary

shock therapy

noun

Medical Definition of shock therapy

  1. :  the treatment of mental illness by the artificial induction of coma or convulsions through use of drugs or electric current—called also convulsive therapy; see electroconvulsive therapy




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