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[in-fuh n-see] /ˈɪn fən si/
noun, plural infancies.
the state or period of being an infant; very early childhood, usually the period before being able to walk; babyhood.
the corresponding period in the existence of anything; very early stage:
Space science is in its infancy.
infants collectively.
Law. the period of life to the age of majority, 21 years at common law but now usually 18; minority; nonage.
Origin of infancy
From the Latin word infantia, dating back to 1485-95. See infant, -cy Unabridged
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  • What then have you done with the sums given you from infancy to squander?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I never, for my part, loved any creature, as I loved you from your infancy till now.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The infancy of youth, the youth of manhood, the entire past of age.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • He showed me their power and made me feel it was still but in its infancy.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Their use was in its infancy, and their character was primitive.

British Dictionary definitions for infancy


noun (pl) -cies
the state or period of being an infant; childhood
an early stage of growth or development
infants collectively
the period of life prior to attaining legal majority (reached at 21 under common law, at 18 by statute); minority nonage
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Word Origin and History for infancy

late 14c., from Anglo-French enfaunce and directly from Latin infantia "early childhood," literally "inability to speak," from infantem (see infant).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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infancy in Medicine

infancy in·fan·cy (ĭn'fən-sē)

  1. The earliest period of childhood, especially before the ability to walk has been acquired.

  2. The state of being an infant.

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