battered child syndrome

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.

Origin:
1960–65

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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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