- 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 System 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 Dictionary by Merriam-Webster Inc.
Related discussion in the Handbook
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.