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traumanoun [U or C]

uk   /ˈtrɔː.mə/ /ˈtraʊ-/  us   /ˈtrɑː-/
C2 (a) ​severeemotionalshock and ​paincaused by an ​extremelyupsettingexperience: the trauma ofmarriagebreakdown He had ​psychotherapy to ​help him ​deal with his ​childhood traumas.
(Definition of trauma from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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traumanoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈtrɔ·mə, ˈtrɑʊ-/
severeshock caused by an ​injury: [U] She never ​recovered from the trauma of her mother’s ​illness. [U] The ​surgeonspecialized in trauma (= ​sudden, ​severeinjury), ​especially from ​gunshots.
traumatic
adjective  us   /trɔˈmæt̬·ɪk, trɑʊ-/
The ​death of someone we ​love is a traumatic ​event.
traumatize
verb [T]  us   /ˈtrɔ·məˌtɑɪz, ˈtrɑʊ-/
She was traumatized by the ​caraccident.
(Definition of trauma from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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