electroconvulsive therapy

Pronunciation: (ee-LEK-troh-kun-VUL-siv THAYR-uh-pee)

A treatment for severe depression and certain mental disorders. A brief seizure is induced by giving electrical stimulation to the brain through electrodes placed on the scalp. Also called ECT and electroshock therapy.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

2006-01-25 Date last modified: 2008-09-18