- Pathology. to injure (tissues) by force or by thermal, chemical, etc., agents.
- Psychiatry. to cause a trauma in (the mind): to be traumatized by a childhood experience.
Also especially British, trau·ma·tise.
Origin of traumatize
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- (tr) to wound or injure (the body)
- to subject or be subjected to mental trauma
Word Origin and History for traumatise
1903, of physical wounds; 1949 in the psychological sense, from Greek traumat-, stem of trauma (see trauma).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper