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cradle

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noun cra·dle \ˈkrād-əl\

Medical Definition of cradle

  1. 1:  a bed or cot for a baby usually on rockers or pivots

  2. 2a:  a frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with an injured part of the bodyb:  a frame placed on the neck of an animal to keep it from biting an injury or sore





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