transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

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 Weil, Self Healing, September 2004

called also TENS

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