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trauma

noun [U or C] uk   /ˈtrɔː.mə/ /ˈtraʊ-/ us    /ˈtrɑː-/

trauma noun [U or C] (SHOCK)

C2 (a) severe emotional shock and pain caused by an extremely upsetting experience: the trauma of marriage breakdown He had psychotherapy to help him deal with his childhood traumas.

trauma noun [U or C] (INJURY)

specialized medical (a) severe injury, usually caused by a violent attack or an accident
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