elec·​tro·​con·​vul·​sive | \ i-ˌlek-trō-kən-ˈvəl-siv How to pronounce electroconvulsive (audio) \

Definition of electroconvulsive

: of, relating to, or involving convulsive response to electroshock electroconvulsive shocks

Examples of electroconvulsive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beginning in 1938, electroconvulsive therapy was thought to be the only effective modern treatment for depression, but the procedure sometimes caused memory loss, among other side effects. Mandy Oaklander, Time, 27 July 2017 Despite more-accepting public attitudes toward mental-health care, inpatient psychiatric units continue to evoke frightening images of patients strapped to beds, electroconvulsive therapy and rooms with padded walls. Nathaniel Morris, Washington Post, 23 July 2017 Fearing that his illness was intractable — despite medication, a hospital stay and electroconvulsive therapy — Mr. Freeman traveled to Peru for shamanic healing. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, 11 May 2017 Some professionals attest that electroconvulsive treatments work better than medication, but scientists have done little research in this area. Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News, 2 June 2017 Prescribing medication has been deemed ineffective, and electroconvulsive therapy is considered unethical. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2017 Now, 15 years later, the Dukakises have emerged as the nation’s most prominent evangelists for electroconvulsive therapy. Katharine Q. Seelye, New York Times, 31 Dec. 2016 How does TMS differ from ECT (electroconvulsive therapy)? Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, 4 July 2017

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Electroconvulsive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electroconvulsive. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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elec·​tro·​con·​vul·​sive | \ i-ˌlek-trō-kən-ˈvəl-siv How to pronounce electroconvulsive (audio) \

Medical Definition of electroconvulsive

: of, relating to, producing, or involving a convulsive response to a shock of electricity electroconvulsive shocks


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