Battle's sign

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Battle's sign (ba-t'lz) n. an area of extreme tenderness and bruising behind the ear in the region of the mastoid process of the skull. It is an acute sign of basal skull fracture with local bleeding and is indicative of recent head trauma. [ W. H. Battle (1855–1936), British surgeon]

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