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Definition of Electroconvulsive therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy: The use of controlled, measured doses of electric shock to induce convulsions. Convulsions so induced can sometimes treat clinical depression that is unresponsive to medication. Abbreviated ECT.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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