Definition of electroconvulsive in English:

electroconvulsive

adjective

  • Relating to the treatment of mental illness by the application of electric shocks to the brain.

    ‘a course of electroconvulsive therapy’
    • ‘If antidepressants don't work, you may respond to electroconvulsive therapy, which uses electricity to induce brain seizures that relieve depression.’
    • ‘Its first medical use was to prevent fractures in electroconvulsive therapy.’
    • ‘She was still no better, so I suggested she consider electroconvulsive therapy.’
    • ‘After a course of electroconvulsive therapy patients need to take an antidepressant medication to prevent the depression from relapsing.’
    • ‘But for others, the answer may be electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT.’
    • ‘Last, for severe or treatment refractory depression, electroconvulsive therapy is often curative.’
    • ‘Many of these patients can be helped with electroconvulsive therapy.’
    • ‘Other forms of treatment were electroconvulsive therapy, discussion of the evils of homosexuality, desensitisation of an assumed phobia of the opposite sex, hypnosis, psychodrama, and abreaction.’
    • ‘Then electroconvulsive therapy, developed in the 1930s for treatment of depression, showed that the brain could be stimulated by applying electric current through the skull.’
    • ‘Treatment with electroconvulsive therapy was more effective than drug treatment in the short term, bilateral stimulation was more effective than unilateral, and high dose more effective than low dose.’

Pronunciation

electroconvulsive

/ɪˌlɛktrəʊkənˈvʌlsɪv/