a posttraumatic stress disorder occurring among soldiers engaged in active combat, characterized by excessive autonomic arousal, psychic numbing, and persistent reliving of traumatic experiences.
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Origin of battle fatigue
First recorded in 1940–45
Related formsbat·tle-fa·tigued, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for battle fatigue
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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Medicine definitions for battle fatigue
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