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battered child syndrome

Syllabification: bat·tered child syn·drome

Definition of battered child syndrome in English:

noun

The set of symptoms, injuries, and signs of mistreatment seen on a severely or repeatedly abused child.
Example sentences
  • Detecting and preventing battered child syndrome is difficult because society and the courts have traditionally left the family alone.
  • Her battered child syndrome was immediately diagnosed and reported to local police and juvenile probation authorities, and she was taken into protective custody.
  • If a child's injuries indicate intentional trauma or appear to be more severe than could reasonably be expected to result from an accident, battered child syndrome should be suspected.

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