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[truh-mat-ik, traw-, trou-] /trəˈmæt ɪk, trɔ-, traʊ-/
of, relating to, or produced by a trauma or wound.
adapted to the cure of wounds.
psychologically painful.
Origin of traumatic
1650-60; < Late Latin traumaticus < Greek traumatikós pertaining to wounds, equivalent to traumat- (stem of traûma trauma) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
traumatically, adverb
untraumatic, adjective Unabridged
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  • Point being, yes, traumatic violent events are important to consider.
  • For such people, shopping for clothes can be tiresome, or even traumatic.
  • When and if fundamental change does come, it will be traumatic and almost certainly violent.
  • Time travel would likely be a fairly traumatic experience, leaving you groggy, maybe with some short-term memory loss.
  • Often the response to the bill from a hospital can be more traumatic than the visit itself.
  • My hopes for this being a less traumatic experience were wavering.
  • Difficult ones can be traumatic and a major cause of brain damage.
  • More troops surviving injuries means traumatic damage, often to the face or extremities, that's in need of repair.
  • Anyway, something that doesn't get emphasized enough by health care workers: major surgery is majorly traumatic.
  • Beta-blocking drugs used to treat high blood pressure may also dampen the emotional toll of traumatic memories, researchers say.
Word Origin and History for traumatic

1650s, from Late Latin traumaticus, from Greek traumatikos "pertaining to a wound," from trauma (see trauma).

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