battered child syndrome

noun

Definition of battered child syndrome 

: the complex of physical injuries sustained by a grossly abused child

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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battered child syndrome

noun
bat·tered child syndrome | \ˌbat-ərd- \

Medical Definition of battered child syndrome 

: the complex of physical injuries (as fractures, hematomas, and contusions) that results from gross abuse (as by a parent) of a young child — compare shaken baby syndrome

battered child syndrome

noun
bat·tered child syn·drome | \-ˈsin-ˌdrōm, -drəm\

Legal Definition of battered child syndrome 

: the combination of grave physical injuries (as broken bones and bruises) that results from gross child abuse

Note: Evidence of battered child syndrome is often used to establish that a child's death was not accidental.

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