childbearing

[chahyld-bair-ing]

noun

the act of producing or bringing forth children.

adjective

capable of, suitable for, or relating to the bearing of a child or of children: the childbearing years.

Nearby words

  1. child-bearing,
  2. child-directed speech,
  3. child-free,
  4. child-proof,
  5. child-resistant,
  6. childbed,
  7. childbed fever,
  8. childbirth,
  9. childcare,
  10. childe

Origin of childbearing

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at child, bearing

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British Dictionary definitions for child-bearing

child-bearing

noun

  1. the act or process of carrying and giving birth to a child
  2. (as modifier)of child-bearing age
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Word Origin and History for child-bearing

child-bearing

n.

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

Medicine definitions for child-bearing

childbearing

[chīldbâr′ĭng]

n.

Pregnancy and parturition.
Related formschildbear′ing adj.


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