combat fatigue


: post-traumatic stress disorder occurring under wartime conditions (such as combat) that cause intense stress : battle fatigue, shell shock
Nearly a half-million American soldiers were battle casualties during the fighting in Europe; by 1945 another 111,000 neuropsychiatric cases—then usually called combat fatigue—had been treated.Roger J. Spiller
The psychological strain he continues to endure has had many names over the years. In World War I, it was shell shock. In World War II, it was combat fatigueSteven Lee Meyers

Examples of combat fatigue in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of combat fatigue was in 1943

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“Combat fatigue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

combat fatigue

com·​bat fatigue ˈkäm-ˌbat- How to pronounce combat fatigue (audio)
: post-traumatic stress disorder occurring under wartime conditions (as combat) that cause intense stress

called also battle fatigue, shell shock, war neurosis

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