TENS

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noun \ˈtenz\

Definition of TENS

  1. 1 [transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation] :  electrical stimulation of the skin to relieve pain by interfering with the neural transmission of signals from underlying pain receptors

  2. 2 [transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator] :  a device used for TENS

1980

First Known Use of tens

1980


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TENS

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abbreviation or noun \ˈtenz\

Medical Definition of TENS

  1. 1:  transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation <For TENS, electrodes that send out tiny electric impulses are placed on the skin.—Dana Sullivan, Women's Sports & Fitness, July/August 1999>

  2. 2:  a device used for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation :  transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator <The TENS runs on batteries and is the size of a beeper. It has small cables with pads on the end that deliver small electrical shocks to the area in pain.—Harry Wessel, The Chicago Tribune, 8 Jan. 1997>


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