Simple Definition of trauma
: a very difficult or unpleasant experience that causes someone to have mental or emotional problems usually for a long time
medical : a serious injury to a person's body
Full Definition of trauma
plural traumas also trau·ma·ta play \-mə-tə\
1a : an injury (as a wound) to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agentb : a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injuryc : an emotional upset <the personal trauma of an executive who is not living up to his own expectations — Karen W. Arenson>
2 : an agent, force, or mechanism that causes trauma
Examples of trauma
She never fully recovered from the traumas she suffered during her childhood.
She never fully recovered from the trauma of her experiences.
an accident victim with severe head trauma
repeated trauma to a knee
The accident victim sustained multiple traumas.
Origin of trauma
Greek traumat-, trauma wound, alteration of trōma; akin to Greek titrōskein to wound, tetrainein to pierce — more at throw
First Known Use: circa 1693
Medical Definition of trauma
plural traumas also trau·ma·ta \-mət-ə\play
1a: an injury (as a wound) to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agent <surgical trauma> <the intra-abdominal organs at greatest risk to athletic trauma are the spleen, pancreas, and kidney—M. R. Eichelberger>—see blunt traumab: a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from mental or emotional stress or physical injury
2: an agent, force, or mechanism that causes trauma
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