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[trou-muh-tiz-uh m, traw-]
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noun Pathology.
  1. any abnormal condition produced by a trauma.
  2. the trauma or wound itself.
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Origin of traumatism

First recorded in 1855–60, traumatism is from the Late Greek word traumatismós a wounding. See traumatic, -ism
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Related Words for traumatism

impact, disturbance, consternation, collapse, bump, confusion, jolt, earthquake, excitement, trauma, awe, injury, scare, breakdown, stupor, crash, distress, clash, collision, concussion

Examples from the Web for traumatism

Historical Examples of traumatism

  • Perhaps he waited until he saw what looked like a favorable wound, or traumatism.

    The Social Gangster

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • Affections of this articulation other than those which are produced by traumatism are rare.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix

  • Paralysis of the right leg and traumatism of the spine had been his, up to that day.


    Robert Hugh Benson

  • It is probably in such a manner that local injuries (traumatism) sometimes appear to induce an attack of rheumatism.

  • Intemperance, the suppression of normal or morbid discharges, and traumatism act as exciting causes.

British Dictionary definitions for traumatism


  1. any abnormal bodily condition caused by injury, wound, or shock
  2. (not in technical usage) another name for trauma (def. 2)
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traumatism in Medicine


(trômə-tĭz′əm, trou-)
  1. The physical or psychological condition produced by a trauma.
  2. A wound or an injury.
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