electric shock

Definitions of electric shock

n trauma caused by the passage of electric current through the body (as from contact with high voltage lines or being struck by lightning); usually involves burns and abnormal heart rhythm and unconsciousness

Type of:
harm, hurt, injury, trauma
any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

n the use of electricity to administer punishment or torture

“they used cattle prods to administer electric shocks
Type of:
torture, torturing
the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason
corporal punishment
the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime

n a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body

“subjects received a small electric shock when they made the wrong response”
electrical shock, shock
Type of:
inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex
an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus

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