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trauma

noun [C/U]  /ˈtrɔ·mə, ˈtrɑʊ-/ us  
severe shock caused by an injury: [U] She never recovered from the trauma of her mother’s illness. [U] The surgeon specialized in trauma (= sudden, severe injury), especially from gunshots.
traumatic
adjective  /trɔˈmæt̬·ɪk, trɑʊ-/ us  
The death of someone we love is a traumatic event.
traumatize
verb [T]  /ˈtrɔ·məˌtɑɪz, ˈtrɑʊ-/ us  
She was traumatized by the car accident.
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