battered woman syndrome

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battered woman syndrome

n.
A set of signs and symptoms, such as fearfulness and a feeling of helplessness, seen in some women who are physically, verbally, or emotionally abused over an extended period by a husband or partner. Also called battered women's syndrome.
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