electroconvulsive shock


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electroconvulsive shock

[i¦lek·trō·kən¦vəl·siv ′shäk]
(medicine)
The technique of eliciting convulsions by applying an electric current through the brain for a brief period.
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A serious side effect of electroconvulsive shock therapy is permanent partial loss of memory.
Treated with electroconvulsive shock treatments during the summer of 1953, Plath achieved news headlines throughout the country as she mysteriously disappeared after one of these out-patient treatments.