baro·​trau·​ma | \ ˌber-ō-ˈtrau̇-mə How to pronounce barotrauma (audio) , ˌba-rō-, -ˈtrȯ- \

Definition of barotrauma

: injury of a body part or organ as a result of changes in barometric pressure

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Recent Examples on the Web For many years, anglers have been advised to treat barotrauma in a fish by venting—puncturing its air bladder with a hollow needle. Popular Science, "Releasing a caught fish isn’t as simple as tossing it overboard," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of barotrauma

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Barotrauma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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baro·​trau·​ma | \ -ˈtrau̇-mə How to pronounce barotrauma (audio) , -ˈtrȯ- How to pronounce barotrauma (audio) \
plural barotraumas also barotraumata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce barotraumata (audio) \

Medical Definition of barotrauma

: injury of a part or organ as a result of changes in barometric pressure especially : aero-otitis media

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