battered child syndrome


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

Examples of battered child syndrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to documents obtained by WESH-TV, an autopsy showed no signs of drowning, but instead there were signs of battered child syndrome. Steve Helling,, 12 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of battered child syndrome was in 1962

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“Battered child syndrome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

battered child syndrome

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

Legal Definition

battered child syndrome

bat·​tered child syn·​drome
-ˈsin-ˌdrōm, -drəm
: 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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