electroconvulsive therapy

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e·lec·tro·con·vul·sive therapy

 (ĭ-lĕk′trō-kən-vŭl′sĭv)
n. Abbr. ECT
Administration of electric current to the brain through electrodes placed on the head in order to induce seizure activity, used to treat certain psychiatric disorders, especially severe depression. Also called electroshock, electroshock therapy, shock therapy.
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electroconvulsive therapy

(ɪˌlɛktrəʊkənˈvʌlsɪv)
n
(Psychiatry) med the treatment of certain psychotic conditions by passing an electric current through the brain to induce coma or convulsions. Abbreviation: ECT Also called: electroshock therapy See also shock therapy
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e•lec′tro•con•vul′sive ther′apy

(ɪˈlɛk troʊ kənˈvʌl sɪv, ɪˌlɛk-)
n.
the application of electric current to the head in order to induce a seizure, used to treat serious mental illnesses. Abbr.: ECT Also called electroshock.
[1945–50]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.electroconvulsive therapy - the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and comaelectroconvulsive therapy - the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and coma
electric healing, electrical healing, electrotherapy, galvanism - the therapeutic application of electricity to the body (as in the treatment of various forms of paralysis)
shock therapy, shock treatment - treatment of certain psychotic states by the administration of shocks that are followed by convulsions
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electroconvulsive therapy

[ɪˌlektrəʊkənvʌlsɪvˈˈθerəpɪ] Nelectroterapia f
see ECT
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electroconvulsive therapy

[ɪˌlɛktrəʊkənˈvʌlsɪvˈθɛrəpɪ] electroshock therapy [ɪˈlɛtrəʊˌʃɒkˈθɛrəpɪ] nelettroshockterapia
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e·lec·tro·con·vul·sive ther·a·py

n. terapéutica de choque, electrochoque, tratamiento de ciertos desórdenes mentales con aplicación de corriente eléctrica al cerebro.
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On a bare stage, a pair of hospital orderlies prepare a woman for electroconvulsive shock therapy.
Using Medicaid reimbursement claims filed in New Jersey from July 1980 to December 1983, the team identified 4,302 people who had at least one sign of serious depression, such as the use of antidepressant drugs or electroconvulsive shock therapy. The researchers then matched these individuals with 8,604 controls whose claim forms showed no signs of depression.