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battle fatigue

noun, Psychiatry.
a posttraumatic stress disorder occurring among soldiers engaged in active combat, characterized by excessive autonomic arousal, psychic numbing, and persistent reliving of traumatic experiences.
Origin of battle fatigue
First recorded in 1940-45
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battle-fatigued, adjective Unabridged
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  • It affected some more than others, however, and we were constantly being observed by our doctor for any signs of battle fatigue.

British Dictionary definitions for battle fatigue

battle fatigue

(psychol) a type of mental disorder, characterized by anxiety, depression, and loss of motivation, caused by the stress of active warfare Also called combat fatigue See also shell shock
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battle fatigue in Medicine

battle fatigue bat·tle fatigue or bat·tle neurosis (bāt'l)
See war neurosis.

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