Skip to Main Content

We have a new app!

Take the Access library with you wherever you go—easy access to books, videos, images, podcasts, personalized features, and more.

Download the Access App here: iOS and Android

elder mistreatment

Elder abuse.

elder neglect

Elder abuse.


Any technique that facilitates and enhances learning through both computer and communications technology. It can include only the text portion of a computer or it can include Internet-based distance learning using a multi-media-capable computer.

elective therapy

A treatment or surgical procedure performed at the patient’s or provider’s convenience and not as an emergency.

Electra complex

(ĕ-lek′tră) [Gr. Elektra, one of Agamemnon’s daughters, who helped her brother Orestes murder their mother Clytemnestra because of Electra’s love for her father, whom Clytemnestra had murdered] In psychoanalysis, a group of symptoms due to suppressed sexual love of a daughter for her father. SEE: Jocasta complex; Oedipus complex.

electric, electrical

[Gr. elektron, amber] Pert. to, caused by, or resembling electricity.

electrical alternans

Beat-to-beat changes in one or more portions of the electrocardiogram.

electrical leakage

(ĕ-lek′trĭ-kăl lēk′ăj) The presence of unwanted current from an electrical device, such as a patient monitoring or treatment device.

electrical stimulation

SEE: under stimulation.


A form of energy that is generated by the interactions of positive and negative charges and that exhibits magnetic, chemical, mechanical, and thermal effects.

frictional e. Static electricity generated by rubbing two objects together.

galvanic e. Electricity generated by chemical action.

induced e. Electricity generated in a body from another body nearby without contact between them.

magnetic e. Electricity induced by a magnetic device.

negative e. An electric charge caused by an excess of negatively charged electrons.

positive e. An electric charge caused by loss of negatively charged electrons.

static e. Electricity generated by friction of certain materials.

electric shock treatment

Electroconvulsive therapy.

electro-, electr-

[L. fr. Gr. ēlektron, amber (which has electrostatic properties)] Prefixes meaning electricity.


(ĕ-lek″trō-ak′yŭ-pŭngk″chŭr) Stimulation of acupuncture points using transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators (TENS) or other therapeutic electrical stimulation currents applied via needle or surface electrodes.


(ĕ-lek″trō-an″ăl-jē′zē-ă) [electro- + analgesia] Relief from pain by application of low-intensity electric currents locally or through implanted electrodes.


(ĕ-lek″trō-an″ĕs-thē′ zhă) [electro- + anesthesia] General anesthesia produced by a device that passes electricity of a certain frequency, amplitude, ...

Pop-up div Successfully Displayed

This div only appears when the trigger link is hovered over. Otherwise it is hidden from view.