battered child syndrome

noun

Definition of battered child syndrome

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

First Known Use of battered child syndrome

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Battered child syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battered%20child%20syndrome. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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battered child syndrome

noun
bat·​tered child syndrome | \ ˌbat-ərd- How to pronounce battered child syndrome (audio) \

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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