transcranial magnetic stimulation
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transcranial magnetic stimulationNeurology A technique in which a high-intensity, 1 msec magnetic pulse is administered over the skull, disrupting normal brain activity, causing neurons to misfire
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transcranial magnetic stimulationAbbreviation: TMS
The application of pulses from a magnetic coil to induce electrical currents in specific parts of the brain. This treatment has been used in experimental neuroscience to study the activity of different areas of the brain, and in psychiatry as a noninvasive alternative to electroconvulsive therapy.
See also: stimulation
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Transcranial magnetic stimulation
A procedure used to treat patients with depression.
Mentioned in: Magnetic Field Therapy
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