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trauma

An injury or wound caused by internal or external force or violence: a psychological or emotional stress or intense event that may produce disordered behaviors or feelings. The effect on personality may be significant and long standing in persons who have suffered "traumatic episodes" or "single traumatic events."

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Definition reprinted with permission from Hood, Stephen B. (editor) available from Stuttering Foundation of America: Stuttering Words (Publication No 2: Speech Foundation of America)

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