trau·ma (trômə, trou-)
n. pl. trau·mas or trau·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
a. Serious injury to the body, as from physical violence or an accident: abdominal trauma.
b. Severe emotional or mental distress caused by an experience: He experienced trauma for years after his divorce.
a. An experience that causes severe anxiety or emotional distress, such as rape or combat: memories that persist after a trauma occurs.
b. An event or situation that causes great disruption or suffering: the economic trauma of the recession.
[Greek; see terə-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
trau·matic (-mătĭk) adj.
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