battered child syndrome


noun

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

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Origin of battered child syndrome

First recorded in 1960–65
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Medical definitions for battered child syndrome

battered child syndrome

n.

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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