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Definition of "posttraumatic" [posttraumatic]

  • Following injury or resulting from it: posttraumatic amnesia. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "posttraumatic" in a sentence
  • "Even when it's extreme, stress may have some positive effects — which is why, in addition to posttraumatic stress disorder, some psychologists are starting to define a phenomenon called posttraumatic growth."
  • "In these sufferers of what psychologists call posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, the mind may continue to replay the event, triggering panic attacks."
  • "StaffPeople who have survived severe trauma - such as war, torture, disasters, or sexual assault - will often experience after-effects, in a condition called posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)."