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trauma

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noun trau·ma \ˈtrȯ-mə, ˈtrau̇-\

Medical Definition of trauma

plural traumas also traumata \-mət-ə\play

  1. 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. 2:  an agent, force, or mechanism that causes trauma





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