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Noun: electric shock
  1. The use of electricity to administer punishment or torture
    "they used cattle prods to administer electric shocks"
  2. 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
  3. 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

Derived forms: electric shocks

Type of: corporal punishment, harm, hurt, inborn reflex, injury, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, torture, torturing, trauma, unconditioned reflex

Encyclopedia: Electric shock