battle fatigue

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  1. 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

Other words from battle fatigue

  • bat·tle-fa·tigued, adjective

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How to use battle fatigue in a sentence

  • 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

  1. 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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