infancy

noun
in·fan·cy | \ˈin-fən(t)-sē \
plural infancies

Definition of infancy 

1 : early childhood

2 : a beginning or early period of existence

3 : the legal status of an infant

Examples of infancy in a Sentence

She was often sick during her infancy. a skill developed in infancy She has been a member of the church since its infancy.
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Privacy - Terms Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) describes any sudden death, explained or unexplained, in infancy. Rebeca Kimsey Markovich, M.d., miamiherald, "Tips for keeping babies safe while they're sleeping," 2 July 2018 Typically, human death rate starts high in infancy, falls during early years, climbing again in people’s thirties and shooting up in people’s seventies and eighties. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "How Long Can Humans Really Live?," 1 July 2018 Starting in infancy, mothers who are breastfeeding should continue to vary their diet, the flavors of which are transferred through her milk supply. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Picky, picky: Strategies to get your kids (or yourself) to try new foods," 11 June 2018 But you’ve been stuck in infancy, while Amazon and Google take your birthright. Will Hall, Recode, "Hey Siri, we have to talk," 4 June 2018 Working with a Jordanian couple who had lost six babies — two in infancy, four in miscarriages — to Leigh syndrome, a heritable neurological disorder, Zhang put to practical use a procedure that others had dared to try only on animals. Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post, "This fertility doctor is pushing the boundaries of human reproduction, with little regulation," 14 May 2018 In the 1840s, nearly half the babies born in Manhattan died in infancy. Mark Kurlansky, Time, "Why We've Been Fighting About Milk for 10,000 Years," 7 May 2018 Identifying sickle-cell disease in infancy can prevent serious complications. Joseph Tropea, Philly.com, "Q&A: A family member was recently diagnosed with sickle-cell disease. What should I know?," 1 May 2018 Research into the potential benefits of carbohydrate ingestion for soccer performance is in its relative infancy. New York Times, "That Spitting Thing at the World Cup? It’s Probably ‘Carb Rinsing’," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of infancy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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in one's infancy

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infancy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of infancy

: the first part of a child's life : the time in your life when you are a baby

: a beginning : an early stage of development

infancy

noun
in·fan·cy | \ˈin-fən-sē \
plural infancies

Kids Definition of infancy

1 : the first stage of a child's life : early childhood

2 : a beginning or early period of existence The program is in its infancy.

infancy

noun
in·fan·cy | \ˈin-fən-sē \
plural infancies

Medical Definition of infancy 

1 : early childhood

2 : the legal status of an infant

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infancy

noun
in·fan·cy | \ˈin-fən-sē \
plural infancies

Legal Definition of infancy 

1 : the legal status of an infant : minority

2 : the affirmative defense of lacking legal capacity (as to make a contract or commit a crime) because of being too young and especially because one's age is below an age set by statute

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