from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A serious injury or shock to the body, as from violence or an accident.
- n. An emotional wound or shock that creates substantial, lasting damage to the psychological development of a person, often leading to neurosis.
- n. An event or situation that causes great distress and disruption.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any serious injury to the body, often resulting from violence or an accident.
- n. An emotional wound leading to psychological injury.
- n. An event that causes great distress.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abnormal condition of the living body produced by external violence, as distinguished from that produced by poisons, zymotic infection, bad habits, and other less evident causes; traumatism; an accidental wound, as distinguished from one caused by the surgeon's knife in an operation.
- n. External violence producing bodily injury; the act of wounding, or infliction of a wound.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an emotional wound or shock often having long-lasting effects
- n. any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
Greek; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek τραῦμα (trauma, "wound, damage"). (Wiktionary)