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pl. traumata [Gr. trauma, stem traumat-, a wound]
1. A physical injury or wound caused by external force or violence. It may be self-inflicted. In the U.S., trauma is the principal cause of death between the ages of 1 and 44. The principal types of trauma include motor vehicle collisions, military service, falls, burns, gunshot wounds, and drowning.
2. An emotional or psychological shock that may produce disordered feelings or behavior.