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  • trauma
  • traumatic injury


Damage inflicted on the body as the direct or indirect result of an external force, with or without disruption of structural continuity.

Definition from: NCI Thesaurus via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

1. a: An injury (as a wound) to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agent (surgical trauma) (the intra-abdominal organs at greatest risk to athletic trauma are the spleen, pancreas, and kidney -- M. R. Eichelberger). b: A disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from mental or emotional stress or physical injury. 2: An agent, force, or mechanism that causes trauma.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

Related discussion in the Handbook

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

Published: February 1, 2016