follow Dictionary.com

8 Wintry Words to Defrost Your Vocabulary

barotrauma

[bar-uh-trou-muh, -traw-] /ˌbær əˈtraʊ mə, -ˈtrɔ-/
noun, plural barotraumata
[bar-uh-trou-muh-tuh, -traw-] /ˌbær əˈtraʊ mə tə, -ˈtrɔ-/ (Show IPA),
barotraumas. Pathology
1.
injury of certain organs, especially the ear, due to a change in the atmospheric pressure.
Compare aerotitis media.
Origin
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for barotrauma

barotrauma

/ˈbærəʊˌtrɔːmə/
noun
1.
an injury caused by changes in atmospheric pressure, esp to the eardrums or lungs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
barotrauma in Medicine

barotrauma bar·o·trau·ma (bār'ō-trô'mə, -trou'-)
n.
Injury caused by pressure, especially to the middle ear or paranasal sinuses due to an imbalance between the ambient pressure and pressure within the cavity.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for barotrauma

any of several injuries arising from changes in pressure upon the body. Humans are adapted to live at an atmospheric pressure of 760 mm of mercury (the pressure at sea level), which differs from pressures experienced in underwater environments and in the upper atmospheres of space. Most body tissue is either solid or liquid and remains virtually unaffected by pressure changes; in certain cavities of the body, however, such as the ears, sinuses, lungs, and intestines, there are air pockets that either expand or contract in response to changes in pressure. Abrupt expansion or contraction of closed internal air spaces can injure or rupture surrounding tissues, such as the eardrum.

Learn more about barotrauma with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for barotrauma

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for barotrauma

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends