- The effect of a passage of current through living tissue. The effects of a shock can range from mild tingling to death, depending on the strength of the current, the points where it enters and leaves the body, whether the heart is along its path, if the skin is wet, and so on. Under many circumstances, a current of 0.1 ampere for 1 second may be fatal. Electric shocks may also be utilized for therapeutic reasons, such as restoring the normal rhythm to a heart which is twitching uncontrollably. Also called electrical shock, or shock (1).
- synonymelectrical shock
- noun a sudden passage of electricity into the body, causing a nervous spasm or, in severe cases, death