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TENS

[tenz] /tɛnz/
noun, Medicine/Medical
1.
a self-operated portable device used to treat chronic pain by sending electrical impulses through electrodes placed over the painful area.
Origin
t(ranscutaneous) e(lectrical) n(erve) s(timulator)

ten

[ten] /tɛn/
noun
1.
a cardinal number, nine plus one.
2.
a symbol for this number, as 10 or X.
3.
a set of this many persons or things.
4.
a playing card with ten pips.
5.
Informal. a ten-dollar bill:
She had two tens and a five in her purse.
6.
Also called ten's place. Mathematics.
  1. (in a mixed number) the position of the second digit to the left of the decimal point.
  2. (in a whole number) the position of the second digit from the right.
adjective
7.
amounting to ten in number.
Idioms
8.
take ten, Informal. to rest from what one is doing, especially for ten minutes.
Origin
before 900; Middle English ten(e), tenn(e), Old English tēn(e), tīen(e); cognate with Dutch tien, German zehn, Old Norse tīu, Gothic taihun, Latin decem, Greek déka, Sanskrit daśa
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  • TENS of thousands play club and tournament scrabble worldwide.
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  • Relief was urgently needed by TENS of millions of unemployed.
British Dictionary definitions for TENS

TENS

/tɛnz/
noun acronym
1.
transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation: the application of low-voltage electric impulses to the skin to relieve rheumatic pain and provide some pain relief in labour. The pulses are said to stimulate the release of pain-killing endorphins

ten

/tɛn/
noun
1.
the cardinal number that is the sum of nine and one. It is the base of the decimal number system and the base of the common logarithm See also number (sense 1)
2.
a numeral, 10, X, etc, representing this number
3.
something representing, represented by, or consisting of ten units, such as a playing card with ten symbols on it
4.
Also called ten o'clock. ten hours after noon or midnight
determiner
5.
  1. amounting to ten: ten tigers
  2. (as pronoun): to sell only ten
related
adjective decimal prefixes deca- deci-
Word Origin
Old English tēn; related to Old Saxon tehan, Old High German zehan, Gothic taihun, Latin decem, Greek deka, Sanskrit dasa
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Word Origin and History for TENS

ten

n.

Old English ten (Mercian), tien (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *tekhan (cf. Old Saxon tehan, Old Norse tiu, Danish ti, Old Frisian tian, Old Dutch ten, Dutch tien, Old High German zehan, German zehn, Gothic taihun "ten").

The Germanic words are from PIE *dekm (cf. Sanskrit dasa, Avestan dasa, Armenian tasn, Greek deka, Latin decem, Old Church Slavonic deseti, Lithuanian desimt, Old Irish deich, Breton dek, Welsh deg, Albanian djetu "ten").

Tenner "ten-pound note" is slang first recorded 1861; as "ten-dollar bill," 1887 (ten-spot in this sense dates from 1848). The ten-foot pole that you wouldn't touch something with (1909) was originally a 40-foot pole; the idea is the same as the advice to use a long spoon when you dine with the devil. Ten-four "I understand, message received," is attested in popular jargon from 1962, from use in CB and police radio 10-code (in use in U.S. by 1950).

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TENS in Medicine

TEN abbr.
toxic epidermal necrolysis

TENS (těnz)
n.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation; a technique used to relieve pain in an injured or diseased part of the body in which electrodes applied to the skin deliver intermittent stimulation to surface nerves and block the transmission of pain signals.

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Slang definitions & phrases for TENS

ten

Related Terms

five-and-ten, hang ten


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Related Abbreviations for TENS

TENS

transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

TEN

  1. Tennessee Titans
  2. toxic epidermal necrolysis
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