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battered woman syndrome

[ bat-erd woom-uhn sin-drohm ]
/ ˈbæt ərd ˈwʊm ən ˌsɪn droʊm /
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noun

the array of physical and psychological injuries exhibited by women (battered women, or battered wives ) who have been beaten repeatedly or otherwise abused by their partners or spouses.

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Also called bat·tered wife syn·drome.
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battered woman syndrome

n.

A pattern of signs and symptoms, such as fear and a perceived inability to escape, appearing in women who are physically and mentally abused over an extended period by a husband or other dominant individual.
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