- 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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- psychol a type of mental disorder, characterized by anxiety, depression, and loss of motivation, caused by the stress of active warfareAlso called: combat fatigue See also shell shock
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