Definition of An Electrical Shock

  • An electric shock can occur upon contact of a human body with any source of voltage high enough to cause sufficient current through the muscles or hair.
  • The minimum current a human can feel is thought to be about 1 milliamp (mA). The current may cause tissue damage or fibrillation if it is sufficiently high. Death caused by an electric shock is referred to as electrocution.
  • Generally, currents approaching 100 mA are lethal if they pass through sensitive portions of the body.