baro·​trau·​ma ˌber-ō-ˈtrau̇-mə How to pronounce barotrauma (audio)
: injury of a body part or organ as a result of changes in barometric pressure

Examples of barotrauma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ear barotrauma, also known as airplane ear, is the stress that builds in your ear due to differences in air pressure between your environment and your inner ear. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 25 Nov. 2023 According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, airplane ear, or ear barotrauma, can occur when a plane is taking off or descending for landing. Elliott Hester, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2020 The control of airway pressure is important as excessive volumes or pressures can stretch lung tissue, causing barotrauma injury. IEEE Spectrum, 29 May 2020 Trans-anal barotrauma by compressed air leading to sigmoid perforation due to a dangerous practical joke. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 17 Sep. 2012 The DESCEND Act aims to make fatal barotrauma in reef fish a thing of the past. Matt Wyatt,, 21 Jan. 2021 The DESCEND Act of 2020 — also known as HR 5126 or the Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2020 — is set to protect red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico from the fatal effects of barotrauma. Matt Wyatt,, 21 Jan. 2021 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, 11 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of barotrauma was in 1937

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“Barotrauma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


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

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