weaning


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wean

 (wēn)
tr.v. weaned, wean·ing, weans
1. To accustom (the young of a mammal) to take nourishment other than by suckling.
2. To detach from that to which one is strongly habituated or devoted: She weaned herself from cigarettes.
3. To accustom to something from an early age. Often used with on: "The northerners among the refugees ... were weaned on harsh weather and infertile soils and are known for their rigorous work ethic" (Lowell Weiss).

[Middle English wenen, from Old English wenian; see wen- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: In recent years weaned on has come to be widely used in the sense "raised on," as in Moviegoers weaned on the Star Trek TV series will doubtless find the film to their liking. A few critics have objected to this usage on the grounds that wean refers literally to a detachment from a source of nourishment. But the process of weaning involves a substitution of some other form of nourishment for mother's milk; thus it is sometimes said that a child is weaned onto or on sugar water. Hence a sentence like Paul was weaned on folk music may suggest metaphorically that Paul's exposure to folk music began from the time he stopped nursing, that is, from a very early age.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.weaning - the act of substituting other food for the mother's milk in the diet of a child or young mammalweaning - the act of substituting other food for the mother's milk in the diet of a child or young mammal
substitution, commutation, exchange - the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another: "he sent Smith in for Jones but the substitution came too late to help"
Translations

weaning

[ˈwiːnɪŋ] Ndestete m, ablactación f

weaning

[ˈwiːnɪŋ] nsevrage m

weaning

n (of baby)Entwöhnung f

wean·ing

n. destete.

weaning

n destete m; — from the ventilator destete del respirador or ventilador
References in classic literature ?
Alec had found out this little secret, and, after reproaching himself for being blind and selfish, was trying to devise some way of mending matters without troubling anyone, when Rose's new whim suggested an excellent method of weaning her a little from himself.
The FAS guidance suggests delaying weaning to help reduce cow condition, however creep feeding will be essential as calves will suffer on short swards.
Keywords: Beef crossbred calves, birth weight, weaning weight, growth rate, sub-tropical environment.
After weaning, piglets experience nutritional, physiological, environmental, and social stresses [4], which are linked to low feed intake, poor growth, and incidence of diarrhea [5].
TV'S DR PIXIE MCKENNA SHARES A GUIDE FOR HANDLING THE WEANING PROCESS, WITH LISA SALMON GETTING your baby onto solid foods can be an exciting step - but it may be hard work too, and knowing when the time's right to make the switch can be tricky.
The NHS's Start4Life (nhs.uk/ start4life), which recently launched new weaning hub full of NHSbacked advice and healthy recipes help parents through the process, says official advice is that most babies shouldn't be weaned until they're six months old.
"The most important thing is to make sure you and your baby are relaxed and are enjoying the weaning process - go with the flow," she advises.
The NHS's Start4Life (nhs.uk/start 4life), which recently launched a new weaning hub full of NHSbacked advice and healthy recipes to help parents through the process, says official advice is that most babies shouldn't be weaned until they're six months old.
This study was conducted on indigenous Morkaraman breed and Romanov x Morkaraman F1 Crossbreed sheep reared under semi-intensive conditions in order to determine the influence of dam age, genotype, birth weight, year, sex and birth type at lambing, weaning weight, weaning age, grazing period and weight at the end of the grazing period on pasture revenue, which is defined as the obtained revenue per lamb from weaning period to the end of the grazing period.
One debate that doesn't look like it will be settled any time soon is over baby-led weaning, a method of feeding endorsed by the NHS which involves giving babies as young as six months old chunks of solid food.
One debate that doesn't look like it will be settled any time soon is over baby-led weaning, a method of feeding which involves giving babies as young as six months old chunks of solid food such as banana, fish and pasta to feed themselves, rather than the more traditional method of spoon- feeding them with purees.
"Weaning" is the stage of a baby's rehabilitation from breastfeeding.