battered child syndrome


the array of physical injuries exhibited by young children who have been beaten repeatedly or otherwise abused by their parents or guardians.

Nearby words

  1. batter's box,
  2. batter-fry,
  3. battercake,
  4. battered,
  5. battered child,
  6. battered wife,
  7. battered woman,
  8. battered woman syndrome,
  9. batterer,
  10. batterie

Origin of battered child syndrome

First recorded in 1960–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for battered child syndrome

battered child syndrome


A combination of continuing, often serious physical injuries, such as bruises, scratches, hematomas, burns, or malnutrition, inflicted on a child through gross abuse usually by parents, guardians, or other individuals.

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