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transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

noun
variants: also transcutaneous nerve stimulation

medical Definition of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

:electrical stimulation of the skin to relieve pain by interfering with the neural transmission of signals from underlying pain receptors
  • … a physical therapist can show you exercises to maintain strength and movement in the affected area and may also use transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, in which a small device transmits electrical impulses that stimulate nerve endings and relieve pain.
  • —Andrew WeilSelf HealingSeptember 2004
called also TENS

transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator

also transcutaneous nerve stimulator noun

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