traumatize [trou-muh-tahyz, traw-] Word Origin 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 in (the mind): to be traumatized by a childhood experience.
Also especially British, trau·ma·tise. Origin of traumatize First recorded in 1900–05, traumatize is from the Greek word traumatízein to wound. See, Related formstrau·ma·ti·za·tion, nounun·trau·ma·tized, adjective British Dictionary definitions for traumatise traumatize traumatise verb
- (tr) to wound or injure (the body)
- to subject or be subjected to mental trauma
Derived Formstraumatization or traumatisation, noun Word Origin and History for traumatise v.
chiefly British English spelling of; for suffix, see . Related: Traumatised; traumatising.
1903, of physical wounds; 1949 in the psychological sense, from Greek traumat-, stem of trauma (see).