Battle's sign

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Battle's sign

 [bat´'lz]
a discoloration behind the ear in the line of the posterior auricular artery, often associated with a basilar skull fracture.

Battle's sign

Etymology: William H. Battle, English surgeon, 1855-1936
a palpable bogginess of the area behind the ear that may indicate a fracture of a bone of the lower skull.

Battle's sign

Discolouration behind the ear in fracture of the middle part of the base of the skull. (William Henry Battle, English surgeon, 1855–1936).