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Traumatic Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

trau·​mat·​ic trə-ˈma-tik 




: psychologically or emotionally stressful in a way that can lead to serious mental and emotional problems

The report … revealed that the onset of bulimic behavior tends to be associated with voluntary dieting and with traumatic events such as the loss of a loved one. Ralph Heussner

He's been open and frank about his traumatic childhood scarred by violence and domestic abuse. Stephen Milton

broadly : causing distress or anxiety

The traumatic experience of the Wall Street crash and the long depression of the 1930s has gradually faded from memory … Jack Revell

The arrival of mass tourism in a previously unspoilt area … was certainly traumatic. Graham Robb


medical : relating to, being, or caused by a sudden, severe, often life-threatening injury to the body

… the lone medical centers in the Triad to treat victims of traumatic injuries such as life-threatening car wrecks or shootings. Pat Kimbrough

Three years ago, she was in a traumatic car crash that shattered her pelvis, and caused numerous other injuries. Brad Gillman

There have been reports of shrapnel causing a traumatic fistula between the right coronary artery and the right atrium. Matthias Eikermann et al.

also : involving or causing tissue damage or physical stress

The artery-dilating procedure, which uses a balloon or other device guided to the restricted artery by a cardiac catheter, is less invasive and traumatic than coronary artery bypass surgery. Andrew Skolnick

Open-heart surgery has become all but routine in recent years, although still physically traumatic. Ralph T. King, Jr.

see also chronic traumatic encephalopathy, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury






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1650, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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trau·​mat·​ic trə-ˈmat-ik, trȯ-, trau̇- 

: of, relating to, resulting from, or causing a trauma

cases of traumatic rupture Journal of the American Medical Association

a traumatic experience




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/ trəˈmæt ɪk, trɔ-, traʊ- /

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of, relating to, or produced by a trauma or wound.

adapted to the cure of wounds.

psychologically painful.



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Origin of traumatic

1650–60; <Late Latin traumaticus<Greek traumatikós pertaining to wounds, equivalent to traumat- (stem of traûmatrauma) + -ikos-ic


trau·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·trau·mat·ic, adjective

Words nearby traumatic

trauchle, trauchled, trauma, trauma center, trauma kit, traumatic, traumatism, traumatize, traumatology, trav. , travail

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Words related to traumatic

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How to use traumatic in a sentence

  • Garcia, who has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, learned earlier this year that MTS denied her application for a discounted fare.

    MTS Frequently Overrules Doctors’ Orders on Reduced Fares for the Disabled|Lisa Halverstadt|August 31, 2020|Voice of San Diego

  • In the middle of an ongoing traumatic event, it’s often difficult to remember that things won’t always be as they are.

    ‘Sunset Boulevard’ of broken dreams|David Ehrenstein|August 20, 2020|Washington Blade

  • Psychologists and environmental scholars are creating a whole new vocabulary to describe these feelings of despair, including solastalgia, climate anxiety, eco-grief, pre-traumatic stress, and psychoterratic illness.

    Generation Z is ‘traumatized’ by climate change—and they’re the key to fighting it|matthewheimer|August 19, 2020|Fortune

  • As the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed and countless others seem to be compounded together for traumatic consumption all at once, there is an outcry like never before for the reforms Orlins has long championed.

    The Next Major Reform Prosecutor Could Well Be a ‘Survivor’|Joshua Eferighe|August 4, 2020|Ozy

  • Well, if they’re right, then now we have a target to either erase those traumatic memories, or—potentially—enhance the memories of happy times so they last longer.

    Towards ‘Eternal Sunshine’? New Links Found Between Memory and Emotion|Shelly Fan|July 28, 2020|Singularity Hub 

  • If you think divorce between two people is messy and traumatic, imagine divorcing yourself.

    Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement|Tim Teeman|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • I am only able to ignore because I have had to have these conversations in person and that is the most traumatic experience.

    The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting|Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • It is often the least visible but sometimes deadliest of injuries: traumatic brain injury (TBI).

    Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury|Jean Kim|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • She recalls a particularly traumatic conversation with a HBO executive soon after the plug was pulled on The Comeback.

    How Lisa Kudrow Pulled Off TV’s Ultimate ‘Comeback’|Kevin Fallon|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • I might be the first person ever diagnosed with, “PTED” – Post-Traumatic Election Ad Disorder.

    In North Carolina, GOP Overreach May Be More Unpopular Than Obama|Dean Obeidallah|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • It is also suitable for cases of traumatic and paralytic origin.

    A System of Operative Surgery, Volume IV (of 4)|Various

  • The traumatic form is excessively obstinate and intractable.

    Neuralgia and the Diseases that Resemble it|Francis E. Anstie

  • He considers ringbone as articular, periarticular, rachitic and traumatic.

    Lameness of the Horse|John Victor Lacroix

  • This is termed phlegmonous erysipelas, and is much more apt to occur in connexion with the traumatic variety of the disease.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 7|Various

  • The fact, however, that traumatic causes are detailed in other works on the same subject compels us to give them mention here.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot|Harry Caulton Reeks


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The word traumatic in English letters (transliteration) - travmaticheskii

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Meanings of the word traumatic. What is traumatic?

Traumatic shock

Traumatic shock is a severe, life-threatening pathological condition that occurs with severe injuries, such as pelvic fractures, severe gunshot wounds, traumatic brain injury . ..


TRAUMATIC SHOCK - a non-specific syndrome of acute circulatory disorder, caused by severe damage to tissues and organs and accompanied by a decrease in blood pressure and depression of the nervous system.

Brief medical encyclopedia. - M., 1989

Traumatic shock is a syndrome resulting from severe trauma; characterized by a critical decrease in blood flow in the tissues (hypoperfusion) and is accompanied by clinically significant disorders of blood circulation and respiration.

Medical Ecyclopedia


TRAUMATIC NEUROSIS - a neurotic disease, the symptoms of which develop after an emotional shock and the experience caused by it. In psychoanalysis, traumatic neurosis is usually considered . ..

Dictionary-reference book on psychoanalysis. - 2010

TRAUMATIC NEUROSIS A psychiatric illness whose symptoms a) develop immediately after an unexpected, shocking experience (see

Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis

Traumatic necrosis

Traumatic necrosis is the result of a direct action on the tissue of physical or chemical factors. Such necrosis occurs when exposed to radiation, low (frostbite) and high (burns) temperatures at the edges of the wound channel, with electrical injury.


Traumatic weapon

Traumatic weapon (in everyday life traumatic) is an informal common name for certain types of self-defense weapons. In English-speaking countries, traumatic weapons are most often referred to as non-lethal weapons (English), that is, "non-lethal weapons" . ..


Traumatic pistol

Traumatic pistol (French pistolet, from Czech píšťala - squeaker, pipe) - a hand-held short-barreled firearm or gas weapon, usually intended for self-defense at a short distance (up to 3-5 meters).



TRAUMATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY is a complex of neurological and mental disorders that occurs in late or late periods of traumatic brain injury. Due to degenerative, dystrophic ...


Traumatic delirium

Traumatic delirium - delirium that occurs in patients with severe TBI (severe brain injury) at the exit from a coma. It can last up to 1.5-2 months with temporary clarification of consciousness, its stunning . ..


Traumatic delirium - delirium that occurs in patients with TBI after leaving a coma.

Zhmurov V.A. Large explanatory dictionary of terms in psychiatry

Traumatic dementia

Traumatic dementia - dementia resulting from a severe head injury or a series of head injuries. Its severity fluctuates, the clinical structure reflects the localization of brain damage, in some cases the phenomena of aphasia, agnosia can be expressed ...

Zhmurov V.A. Large explanatory dictionary of terms in psychiatry

Traumatic dementia - dementia resulting from a severe head injury (brain contusion) or a series of head injuries. The severity of dementia varies from one case to another, the clinical structure, in addition to cerebral disorders . ..




Spelling dictionary. — 2004

Injuries / at / ical / s.

Morphemic spelling dictionary. — 2002

Examples of the use of the word traumatic

The policemen were suspicious of the authenticity of the "rights" of the driver, after which he took out a traumatic pistol and opened fire on traffic inspectors, then got into his car and began to hide.

As for injuries, the traumatic background at BATE was also high under Verchili.

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Memo from the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs: I bought a “traumatic”, remember about responsibility

May 30, 2016

The owner of a “traumatic” must be fully aware that in addition to the right given to him to keep, carry weapons and the necessary defense, he simultaneously has a great responsibility. If the owner does not realize this, we strongly recommend that you immediately return your personal defense weapon to the store.

This type of weapon is intended exclusively for self-defense purposes. Exceeding the limits of necessary defense is the intentional infliction of grievous harm to the attacker, which clearly does not correspond to the danger of encroachment or the situation of protection. We are talking about exceeding measures and about deliberate violent actions, and not about the most necessary defense. Necessary defense is an inalienable right of a citizen, which you exercise at your own discretion, and exceeding the limits of necessary defense is a clear inconsistency, disproportion and inadequacy of the danger of encroachment on your response protective actions. For example, if the defending person is aware of his significant superiority over the offender, but deliberately inflicts serious bodily harm or death on him, thus causing harm that is clearly greater than was necessary in this situation to prevent or stop the encroachment, the actions of the defender will be interpreted as exceeding necessary defense measures. Protection cannot go beyond the bounds of necessity. In no case should you shoot at an attacker who has already been defeated and has ceased resistance.

If you had to use a traumatic weapon, then you yourself must report the incident to law enforcement agencies, explain the circumstances of the incident, otherwise the attackers may get ahead of you and turn to the police with a statement that it was you who attacked them first. If you have caused significant harm to the attacker, even legitimately, and his health is in danger, for example, he may bleed or freeze to death, lying unconscious in the cold, then you must provide first aid and call an ambulance.

In view of the above, it must be clearly understood that the use of traumatic weapons for self-defense must be avoided until the moment when there are already clear signs of a threat to your life and it is impossible to escape from the conflict by conventional means. You always need to look for any ways to avoid conflict, you can just run away, go "another way. " You are not an action hero, but an ordinary person, forgetting about this can be “life-threatening” and not only yours. If the use of special equipment could not be avoided, it is necessary to be aware that in a state of stress it is possible to fire all the cartridges in a short period to no avail. If you do not train regularly, then the chance of successfully using a traumatic weapon tends to zero, and the likelihood of accidentally causing serious bodily harm to yourself or the aggressor increases. In order to be able to defend against an attack, it is necessary to train regularly to bring the movements to automatism, preferably with practical target shooting. Without fixed skills in handling your personal weapon, when attacking, you simply will not have time to remove the weapon from the holster, remove it from the fuse, pull the bolt and shoot accurately. In no case should you demonstrate your weapon for the purpose of intimidation. If the owner of the "traumatic" will use his weapon not for self-defense, but to harm a person or intimidate him, then even properly executed documents will not save him from serious legal consequences. The use of "traumatics" when committing actions that can be regarded as hooliganism, even if you have never fired, are criminally punishable.

The minimum safe distance for each specific model of self-defense weapon is different. By summarizing data from various sources, it is possible to draw up small general rules for the use of traumatic weapons.

- The owner of the weapon must treat the weapon as if it were loaded and ready to fire.
- the minimum distance must be chosen based on the data of the passport for weapons and / or cartridges. Usually the minimum distance at which it is allowed to defend with the help of a “traumatic” is from 3 to 3 and a half meters. Therefore, carefully study the documentation for your weapons and ammunition. The responsibility for exceeding the necessary defense measures is quite severe.
- Comply with the safety requirements set out in the operating instructions for a specific type of weapon.
- Check the bores before and after shooting for the presence of foreign objects in them and, if necessary, remove them.
- In the event of a misfire, open the shutter of the weapon no earlier than after 5 seconds in order to avoid the consequences of a prolonged shot with the shutter open.
- Transport weapons unloaded and packed in a case. During transportation and transportation, cartridges can be packed in one cap with a weapon without being sent to the chamber, magazine equipment or drum.
- Store weapons and ammunition in places of residence in lockable safes or metal cabinets, boxes made of high-strength materials or in wooden boxes upholstered in iron, in a dry room, while the weapon must be unloaded and put on the fuse, and the cartridges must be in a separate package from weapons, no closer than 1 meter from heat sources and electric heaters.
- Point a weapon at a person, even if it is not loaded, or in the direction of people, pets, buildings and structures, except in cases of self-defense. In cases of self-defence, it is also forbidden to shoot at any part of the head, neck, breasts of women and the groin area.

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