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battered woman syndrome

noun
1.
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.
Also called battered wife syndrome.
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battered woman syndrome in Medicine

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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