noun, plural casualties.
a member of the armed forces lost to service through death, wounds, sickness, capture, or because his or her whereabouts or condition cannot be determined.
casualties, loss in numerical strength through any cause, as death, wounds, sickness, capture, or desertion.
one who is injured or killed in an accident: There were no casualties in the traffic accident.
any person, group, thing, etc., that is harmed or destroyed as a result of some act or event: Their house was a casualty of the fire.
a serious accident, especially one involving bodily injury or death.

1375–1425; casual + -ty2; replacing late Middle English casuelte, equivalent to casuel (see casual) + -te -ty2

casualty, causality, causation, cause (see synonym study at cause). Unabridged
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casualty (ˈkæʒjʊəltɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  a serviceman who is killed, wounded, captured, or missing as a result of enemy action
2.  a person who is injured or killed in an accident
3.  a hospital department in which victims of accidents, violence, etc, are treated
4.  anything that is lost, damaged, or destroyed as the result of an accident, etc

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Word Origin & History

1423, "chance, accident," from L. casualis (see casual) on model of royalty, penalty, etc. Casuality had some currency 16c.-17c. but is now obsolete. Meaning "losses in numbers from a military or other troop" is from 1494. Meaning an individual so lost is from 1844.
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Example sentences
Another casualty of these straitened financial conditions has been the physical
  plants of community colleges.
Car insurance is three-quarters of the country's property and casualty business.
The only casualty in our group was when one of the crazier horses collided into
  the back of a pickup truck.
The acclaimed writer's website is a casualty of cost-cutting moves by the
  digital cooperative press.
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