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[chahyld-bair-ing] /ˈtʃaɪldˌbɛər ɪŋ/
the act of producing or bringing forth children.
capable of, suitable for, or relating to the bearing of a child or of children:
the childbearing years.
Origin of childbearing
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at child, bearing Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Counting in the child-bearing women, I reckon about twenty per cent.

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore
  • Cheese and a cake with a Device of child-bearing and a promise of babies.

  • These signs all mean that her essential function is child-bearing.

  • He cursed her in child-bearing or in barrenness, and he cursed her children after her to all generations.

    Moon of Israel H. Rider Haggard
  • It all seems very dark to me, and the burden of child-bearing is not all the mother's.

    Yonder Emily Hilda Young
  • Men and women plead the enormous increase in the cost of child-bearing.

    Gospel Doctrine Joseph F. Smith
  • He saw that his mother was worn out with housework and child-bearing.

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for child-bearing


  1. the act or process of carrying and giving birth to a child
  2. (as modifier): of child-bearing age
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for child-bearing

also childbearing, "bringing forth of a child," late 14c., from child + verbal noun of bear (v.). As an adjective from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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child-bearing in Medicine

childbearing child·bear·ing (chīld'bâr'ĭng)
Pregnancy and parturition.

child'bear'ing adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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