post-trau·​mat·​ic ˌpōs(t)-trə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce post-traumatic (audio)
variants or less commonly posttraumatic
: occurring after or as a result of trauma
post-traumatic seizures
post-traumatic headache

Examples of post-traumatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain and cramping, miscarriages can increase the risk of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 21 Feb. 2024 Just before the end of the year, Joe Biden signed a defense spending bill earmarking $10 million for clinical trials of psychedelic drugs to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries. Robert Johnson, Rolling Stone, 21 Feb. 2024 The condition can occur by itself or alongside deeper issues such as post-traumatic stress or anxiety disorders. Ingrid Wickelgren, Scientific American, 20 Feb. 2024 After three tours of combat, the former Marine sergeant suffered post-traumatic stress disorder for decades. Riley Robinson, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Feb. 2024 To Yepez, an Army veteran familiar with post-traumatic stress issues, Paloma’s death is tragic on multiple levels. David Goodhue and, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 Psychedelics are becoming so mainstream that the Department of Veterans Affairs is examining the use of MDMA — also known as ecstasy — and psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, to fight post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 The group’s pharmaceutical arm, the MAPS Public Benefit Corp., is expected to win U.S. approval this year for the first psychedelic medicine accepted for review by the Food and Drug Administration: MDMA, or ecstasy, to help treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Matthew Perrone, Quartz, 5 Feb. 2024 Youth living in communities impacted by gun violence experience a sequela of mental health issues including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Amanda Joy Calhoun, Md, Parents, 4 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary post- + traumatic

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of post-traumatic was in 1872

Dictionary Entries Near post-traumatic

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“Post-traumatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


post-trau·​mat·​ic -trə-ˈmat-ik, -trȯ-, -trau̇- How to pronounce post-traumatic (audio)
: occurring after or as a result of trauma
post-traumatic epilepsy
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