from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To wound or injure (a tissue), as in a surgical operation.
  • transitive v. To subject to psychological trauma.

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  • v. Alternative spelling of traumatise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In surgery, to inflict an injury upon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. inflict a trauma upon


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