elec·​tro·​ther·​a·​py | \ i-ˌlek-trō-ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce electrotherapy (audio) \

Definition of electrotherapy

: the therapeutic use of electricity

Examples of electrotherapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cheung Yiu-kai, 66, was recently treated for liver cancer using a combination of surgery and electrotherapy -- in which electric currents are applied to tumors -- at Queen Mary Hospital to remove a series of tumors. Meera Senthilingam, CNN, "Chinese medicine: The next step in cancer recovery?," 19 June 2019 Researchers found that adding treatment with electrotherapy or acupuncture reduced or delayed the use of opioids for pain relief. Linda Searing, Washington Post, "Can acupuncture and other nondrug therapies help pain after knee surgery?," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of electrotherapy

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Electrotherapy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrotherapy. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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elec·​tro·​ther·​a·​py | \ -ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce electrotherapy (audio) \
plural electrotherapies

Medical Definition of electrotherapy

: treatment of disease by means of electricity (as in diathermy)

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