- a body wound or shock produced by sudden physical injury, as from violence or accident.
- the condition produced by this; traumatism.
- an experience that produces psychological injury or pain.
- the psychological injury so caused.
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What does trauma mean?
Trauma refers to a sudden, serious body injury or shock, as from violence or an accident, as in The car accident resulted in trauma to the arms and legs of the passenger.
Trauma also refers to a serious psychological injury or emotional pain, as from being involved in a disturbing or horrible incident, as in The trauma caused by years of war still gives the soldier nightmares.
Trauma is also used to refer to the specific incidents that cause both of these types of serious damage, as in The flood survivors never spoke of the trauma they experienced that day.
Example: The victim suffered from internal bleeding caused by repeated trauma to the chest.
Where does trauma come from?
The first records of trauma come from around 1685. It comes from the Greek word traûma, meaning “wound.” We use the word trauma to refer to both physical and mental wounds and the incidents that cause them.
When it comes to bodily injuries, trauma is often used to refer to especially serious injury to vital organs (organs, like your heart, that you can live without) or significant wounds. You often hear the word trauma used in hospitals, especially when emergency rooms or surgery wards are involved. Trauma is also commonly used in criminal justice situations, as when police discuss violent crimes.
When it comes to psychological or emotional pain, trauma results from extreme events, especially violent ones, such as fighting in a war. Psychological trauma often requires extensive counseling or therapy to lessen the severity. People often suffer from psychological trauma for the rest of their lives.
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What are some other forms related to trauma?
- traumatic (adjective)
- traumatically (adverb)
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How is trauma used in real life?
The word trauma is used to describe especially serious injuries or disturbing incidents.
Update: Briggsmore is close between Lakewood to Claus. Male teen bicyclist suffered from head trauma & was transported to a local hospital
— Modesto Police Dept (@ModestoPolice) November 1, 2011
Psychological trauma tends to activate the limbic or emotional centers of the brain, making you feel constantly on edge. When trauma was severe or prolonged, your limbic brain can get “stuck in overdrive,” increasing the odds you will feel anxious, nervous, tense and sleepless.
— Daniel G. Amen, M.D. (@DocAmen) September 22, 2020
#BREAKING: Halton police say a man was pronounced dead after he was found with obvious signs of trauma to the chest in downtown Oakville.
— CP24 (@CP24) August 25, 2019
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How to use trauma in a sentence
I’m sure there was some level of trauma, but the weekend, I testified on a Friday, Monday was a holiday, Columbus Day, the following Monday.Can Anita Hill Forgive Joe Biden … and Work With Him?|Pallabi Munsi|September 14, 2020|Ozy
“The trauma in skeletal males is often considered evidence of participation in warfare or violence,” Broehl says.Women like Mulan didn’t need to go to war in disguise|Bethany Brookshire|September 4, 2020|Science News For Students
The adopted kids appeared to have gotten over the impacts of their earlier trauma.Puberty may reboot the brain and behaviors|Esther Landhuis|August 27, 2020|Science News For Students
Research shows that these stress responses develop abnormally in kids who face trauma early in life — such as abuse or neglect.Explainer: What is puberty?|Esther Landhuis|August 27, 2020|Science News For Students
Nayirah recalled the trauma of watching Iraqi troops storm into Al Adan Hospital in Kuwait City, where she volunteered as a nurse.The Great Lie of the First Gulf War|Mat Nashed|August 17, 2020|Ozy
For them, the trauma of assault can be compounded by a lack of institutional support, and even disciplinary action.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star|Robert Silverman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Question them, and you are colluding in exacerbating the awful effects of their trauma.What the U-VA Rape Case Tells Us About a Victim Culture Gone Mad|Lizzie Crocker|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Does he give in to the trauma or does he embrace all of the lessons he has learned?The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero|Regina Lizik|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The 54-year-old trauma doctor and father of three is suffering from heart disease.In the Battle for Kobani, ISIS Falls Back. But for How Long?|Jamie Dettmer|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It doesn't make you a better person because you endured the indignity and trauma of it.On Her Own Terms: Why Brittany Maynard Has Chosen to Die|Gene Robinson|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And the papers of Braulinski of the old University of Warsaw on the fear trauma which he termed a birthmark of civilization.
Originally, he endeavoured to reawaken the memory of the sexual trauma by means of the induction of profound hypnosis.The Sexual Life of the Child|Albert Moll
This perception was enough to make me sceptical about the whole trauma-theory.Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology|C. G. Jung
Not infrequently, the result of a trauma, division of the tendo Achillis occurs.Lameness of the Horse|John Victor Lacroix
The ideal operation, therefore, is to make an artificial pupil with the least amount of trauma to the ciliary body.
British Dictionary definitions for trauma
Derived forms of traumatraumatic (trɔːˈmætɪk), adjectivetraumatically, adverb
Word Origin for trauma
Scientific definitions for trauma
Cultural definitions for trauma
Wounds that result from sudden physical injury or violence.