Origin of shell shock

First recorded in 1915–20
Related formsshell-shocked, shell·shocked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shell shock

shell shock


noun

loss of sight, memory, etc, resulting from psychological strain during prolonged engagement in warfareAlso called: combat neurosis
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Medicine definitions for shell shock

shell shock


n.

combat fatigue
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