[ 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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for childbearing


[ chīldbâr′ĭng ]


Pregnancy and parturition.
Related formschildbear′ing adj.

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