traumatize

verb trau·ma·tize \ ˈtrȯ-mə-ˌtīz also ˈtrau̇- \
Updated on: 13 Apr 2018

Definition of traumatize

traumatized; traumatizing
: to inflict a trauma upon

traumatization

play \ˌtrȯ-mə-tə-ˈzā-shən also ˈtrau̇-\ noun

Examples of traumatize in a Sentence

  1. He was traumatized by the experience.

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First Known Use of traumatize

1903

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TRAUMATIZE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of traumatize for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to become very upset in a way that often leads to serious emotional problems : to cause (someone) to suffer emotional trauma


Medical Dictionary

traumatize

transitive verb trau·ma·tize
variants: also British traumatise play \-ˌtīz\

medical Definition of traumatize

traumatized also British traumatised; traumatizing also British traumatising
: to inflict a trauma upon
  • traumatized tissues
  • children traumatized by physical abuse

traumatization

also British traumatisation play \ˌtrȯ-mət-ə-ˈzā-shən, ˌtrau̇-\ noun

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