[ trou-muh-tahyz, traw- ]
/ ˈtraʊ məˌtaɪz, ˈtrɔ- /

verb (used with object), trau·ma·tized, trau·ma·tiz·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. traumatic neuroma,
  2. traumatic occlusion,
  3. traumatic tetanus,
  4. traumatise,
  5. traumatism,
  6. traumato-,
  7. traumatogenic occlusion,
  8. traumatology,
  9. traumatopnea,
  10. trav.

Also especially British, trau·ma·tise.

Origin of traumatize

First recorded in 1900–05, traumatize is from the Greek word traumatízein to wound. See traumatic, -ize

Related formstrau·ma·ti·za·tion, nounun·trau·ma·tized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for traumatizing



/ (ˈtrɔːməˌtaɪz) /


(tr) to wound or injure (the body)
to subject or be subjected to mental trauma
Derived Formstraumatization or traumatisation, noun

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Word Origin and History for traumatizing



1903, of physical wounds; 1949 in the psychological sense, from Greek traumat-, stem of trauma (see trauma).

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