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


Medical Dictionary

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

Law Dictionary

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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