from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various treatments for mental disorders, such as major depression or schizophrenia, in which a convulsion or brief coma is induced by administering a drug or passing an electric current through the brain. Also called shock treatment.

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  • n. electroconvulsive therapy

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  • n. treatment of certain psychotic states by the administration of shocks that are followed by convulsions


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