electrocution

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e·lec·tro·cu·tion

(ē-lek'trō-kyū'shŭn),
Death caused by electricity. See: electrocute.
Synonym(s): electrothanasia

electrocution

[-kyo̅o̅′shən]
death caused by the passage of electric current through the body. See also electric shock.

electrocution

Emergency
The extinction of life (death) due to an excess of electrical current.
 
Forensics
The intentional execution of a person by a state (in the US, which is the only country that continues to use this particular method of execution) for a capital crime.

electrocution

Death from the passage of an electric current. Judicial electrocution employs a current of several amperes passing between the head and one leg by means of a high voltage and moistened electrodes to give low contact resistance.

electrocution

causing death by the passage of an electric current through the body of the patient. May be intentional, as a means of euthanasia, or accidental by lightning strike or electrical current. See electrical injuries.