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empty–nest syndrome

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noun emp·ty–nest syndrome \ˈem(p)-tē-ˈnest-\

Medical Definition of empty–nest syndrome

  1. :  a feeling of prolonged sadness, loss, or emptiness that is often experienced by a parent whose children have grown up and moved away from home



Variants of empty–nest syndrome

or empty nest syndrome

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