combat fatigue


Definition of 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 fatigue— Steven Lee Meyers

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Recent Examples on the Web Police-reform protesters across the country hope to combat fatigue and preserve the momentum of the movement. WSJ, "Coverage of the Unrest Sparked by George Floyd’s Killing," 13 June 2020 The hospital called it combat fatigue, a common diagnosis for soldiers at the time. Jessica Stahl, Washington Post, "‘Letters From War’: 1943-1944 – Battles (full transcript)," 3 Jan. 2018

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Combat fatigue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of combat fatigue

: 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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