TENS

noun
\ ˈtenz How to pronounce TENS (audio) \

Definition of TENS

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

First Known Use of TENS

1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of TENS was in 1980

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Medical Definition of TENS

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 : 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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