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"science of bringing up healthy children," including prenatal care, 1887, from French puériculture (A. Caron, 1866), from Latin puer "boy, child" (see puerility) + cultura "cultivation" (see culture).

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Examples from the Web for puericulture

Historical Examples

  • The word "puericulture" was invented by Dr. Caron in 1866 to signify the culture of children after birth.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)

    Havelock Ellis

  • In the end they will probably be considered necessary centres for any national system of puericulture.

  • The care of the infant has indeed now become a new applied science, the science of puericulture.

  • Puericulture is an advanced science in France, where baby lives are more precious than anywhere else in the world.

    Paris Vistas

    Helen Davenport Gibbons

  • Without a large degree of maternal rest there can be no puericulture.