infancy
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S: UNICEF – http://www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly/News-and-Research/Research/Cholesterol-levels/Breastmilk-in-infancy-leads-to-reduced-cholesterol-levels-in-adolescence/ (last access: 4 September 2014); NAVARRO p. 503.

N: 1. late 14c., from Anglo-French enfaunce and directly from Latin infantia “early childhood,” literally “inability to speak,” from infantem (see infant).
2. infancy (n.): the first part of a child’s life : the time in your life when you are a baby; a beginning : an early stage of development.

  • early childhood.
  • a beginning or early period of existence.
  • the legal status of an infant.

S: 1. OED – http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=infancy&searchmode=none (last access: 4 September 2014). 2. MW – http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infancy (last access: 4 September 2014).

SYN: early childhood

S: NAVARRO p. 503

CR: human milk, infant, infant feeding.