transcranial magnetic stimulation

noun trans·cra·ni·al magnetic stimulation \ ˌtran(t)s-ˈkrā-nē-əl- , ˌtranz- \

Definition of transcranial magnetic stimulation

:a noninvasive technique for stimulating brain neurons that uses an insulated electromagnetic coil placed superficially on the skull to produce magnetic fields which penetrate cranial tissue and generate electric currents in specific areas of the brain abbreviation TMS
Note: Transcranial magnetic stimulation is used especially to test and localize brain functions and to treat depression and some forms of pain.
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation, which has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for depression, targets neurons in areas of the brain involved in mood by placing a magnetic coil on the head.
  • —Sarah Baldauf
  • Now a small but growing number of researchers see hope in a tool called transcranial magnetic stimulation, which lets scientists spark activity in specific areas of the brain and watch what happens to patients' behavior.
  • —Carolyn Y. Johnson

First Known Use of transcranial magnetic stimulation

1988


Medical Dictionary

transcranial magnetic stimulation

noun

medical Definition of transcranial magnetic stimulation

:a noninvasive technique for stimulating brain neurons that uses an insulated electromagnetic coil usually placed superficially on the scalp to produce magnetic fields which generate electric currents in specific areas of the brain
Note: Transcranial magnetic stimulation is used especially to measure and map brain functions and to treat depression and neuropathic pain.
  • Now a small but growing number of researchers see hope in a tool called transcranial magnetic stimulation, which lets scientists spark activity in specific areas of the brain and watch what happens to patients' behavior.
  • —Carolyn Y. JohnsonThe Boston Globe8 June 2009
  • After a suicide attempt in 2009, she tried something radically different: transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, a treatment in which magnetic pulses are used to stimulate parts of the brain believed to be involved in mood regulation.
  • —Roni Caryn RabinThe New York Times2 July 2013
abbreviation TMS

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