crack baby


Definition of crack baby

: an infant subjected to prolonged exposure to crack cocaine in the mother's womb

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Recent Examples on the Web There were lots of headlines about pregnant addicts and crack babies. Washington Post, "We scorned addicts when they were black. It is different now that they are white.," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of crack baby

1986, in the meaning defined above

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“Crack baby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crack baby

chiefly US : a baby who is not strong and healthy at birth and whose mother used crack cocaine while she was pregnant

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Medical Definition of crack baby

: an infant subjected to prolonged exposure to crack cocaine in the mother's womb "Crack babies" are afflicted by their mothers' addiction, but research indicates those children are not significantly more difficult to rear or educate than children exposed to other addictive substances such as tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.— Wes Hasden, The Chattanooga (Tennessee) Times Free Press, 13 Apr. 2001

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