blunt trauma


: a usually serious injury caused by a blunt object or surface
died of blunt trauma to the head

Examples of blunt trauma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cause of his death now is listed as pneumonia and complications of blunt trauma to his chest. Carol Marbin Miller, Miami Herald, 3 May 2024 He was found unresponsive with severe blunt trauma to the head at around 12:30 a.m. Jan. 19, in the parking lot of Waterdance Apartments in Arlington, according to Arlington police. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 Jan. 2024 Rivera said most are blunt traumas and up to 15% are penetrating traumas such as gunshot wounds or stab wounds. Ed Stannard, Hartford Courant, 14 Jan. 2024 Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department detectives are investigating after two men died in unrelated incidents Friday afternoon, one shot and one as the result of blunt trauma. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Aug. 2023 The Los Angeles County coroner’s office identified the woman as Olivia Espinoza and listed her cause of death as blunt trauma of torso. Nathan Solisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Researchers—especially those from the International Association for Near-Death Studies—believe NDEs most likely happen due to a change in blood flow to the brain during sudden life-threatening events, like a heart attack, blunt trauma, or even shock. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 24 Mar. 2023 The cause of death was listed as blunt trauma. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 16 Aug. 2022 Mixed martial arts fighter Sam Vasquez is knocked out in the third round of a regulated fight in Houston, later dying of a subdural hemorrhage due to blunt trauma of the head. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Nov. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blunt trauma was in 1899

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“Blunt trauma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

blunt trauma

: a usually serious injury caused by a blunt object or collision with a blunt surface (as in an automobile accident or a fall from a building)
the patient died of blunt trauma to the head

called also blunt force trauma

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