electroconvulsive

electroconvulsive
Denoting a convulsive response to an electrical stimulus. See electroshock therapy.

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elec·tro·con·vul·sive i-.lek-trō-kən-'vəl-siv adj of, relating to, producing, or involving a convulsive response to a shock of electricity <\electroconvulsive shocks>

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elec·tro·con·vul·sive (e-lek″tro-kən-vulґsiv) inducing convulsions by means of electric shock; see under therapy.

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