childbearing

[ chahyld-bair-ing ]
/ ˈtʃaɪldˌbɛər ɪŋ /

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.

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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Medicine definitions for child-bearing

childbearing

[ chīldbâr′ĭng ]

n.

Pregnancy and parturition.

Related forms

childbear′ing adj.
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