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Definition of TRAUMA

  • an injury (as a wound) to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agent
  • disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury
  • emotional upset the personal trauma of an executive who is not living up to his own expectations Karen W. Arenson
  • agent, force, or mechanism that causes trauma
  • bodily injury
  • experience causing lasting psychological harm
  • a severe emotional shock [n TRAUMAS, TRAUMATA]