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[in-fuh n-see] /ˈɪn fən si/
noun, plural infancies.
the state or period of being an infant; very early childhood, usually the period before being able to walk; babyhood.
the corresponding period in the existence of anything; very early stage:
Space science is in its infancy.
infants collectively.
Law. the period of life to the age of majority, 21 years at common law but now usually 18; minority; nonage.
Origin of infancy
1485-95; < Latin infantia. See infant, -cy Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for infancy


noun (pl) -cies
the state or period of being an infant; childhood
an early stage of growth or development
infants collectively
the period of life prior to attaining legal majority (reached at 21 under common law, at 18 by statute); minority nonage
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Word Origin and History for infancy

late 14c., from Anglo-French enfaunce and directly from Latin infantia "early childhood," literally "inability to speak," from infantem (see infant).

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infancy in Medicine

infancy in·fan·cy (ĭn'fən-sē)

  1. The earliest period of childhood, especially before the ability to walk has been acquired.

  2. The state of being an infant.

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