electroconvulsive therapy

/i lek"troh keuhn vul"siv, i lek'-/, Psychiatry.
a treatment for serious mental illnesses, as severe depressive disorders, involving the application to the head of electric current in order to induce a seizure: usually administered after sedatives and muscle relaxants. Abbr.: ECT Also called electroshock. Cf. shock therapy.

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