American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Administration of electric current to the brain through electrodes placed on the head in order to induce seizure activity in the brain, used in the treatment of certain mental disorders, especially severe depression. Also called electroshock, electroshock therapy.
- n. A biomedical therapy for severely depressed patients in which a brief electric current is sent through the brain of an anesthetized patient, abbreviated ECT.
- n. the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and coma
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