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

Examples of barotrauma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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First Known Use of barotrauma

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Barotrauma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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 barotrauma (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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