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battered child syndrome

the array of physical injuries exhibited by young children who have been beaten repeatedly or otherwise abused by their parents or guardians.
Origin of battered child syndrome
1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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battered-child-syndrome in Medicine

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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