noun (plural traumas or traumata /-mətə/)
- 1A deeply distressing or disturbing experience: a personal trauma like the death of a child [mass noun]: many experience the trauma of divorceMore example sentences
- She has a dark, dark secret that would twist the mind of any cat that has experienced the traumas she has, and seen the things she's seen.
- Students are encouraged to experience university challenges as traumas.
- I, too, experienced the traumas of trying to enter the world of journalism.
- 1.1 [mass noun] Emotional shock following a stressful event or a physical injury, which may lead to long-term neurosis: the event is relived with all the accompanying traumaMore example sentences
- It was the custody that caused the mother and son to suffer the severe emotional trauma that led to the suicide, she added.
- Many suffer emotional trauma from the shock of leaving home and being forced into a relationship too early.
- This is in addition to the increased shock and trauma such events would have upon the release of these men.
- 2 [mass noun] Medicine Physical injury: rupture of the diaphragm caused by blunt traumaMore example sentences
- The common abdominal injuries after blunt trauma are those to the spleen, liver, and kidneys.
- Other causes are trauma, iatrogenic injury, popliteal aneurysm, and aortic dissection.
- The county medical examiner said the boy died of blunt force trauma, a fractured skull and bruised brain.
late 17th century: from Greek, literally 'wound'.