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
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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.
A study released in September from the University of Helsinki shows that delayed weaning improves the life of our cats.
The early weaning of calves has many advantages over prolonged feeding with milk or milk replacements.
Estimates of breeding values for various performance traits like birth weight (BW), 60 day weight (60DW), weaning weight (WW), and pre-weaning daily gain (PrWDG) were calculated by using BLUP.
Birth and weaning weights and the weights at 3 and 6-months of age were determined through weighing the calves with an animal scale.
Methods: Sixty patients (60) who required high inotropic/vasopressor support on weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass and weaned off in 2nd attempt were included in this study.
Dawn Elizabeth Howe created a long-sleeved weaning bib for little Emily to protect against spillages and stains - and within weeks of launching it for sale on MESSYLITTLETHING.
Objective: To assess the knowledge and practices of working and non-working mothers regarding breastfeeding and weaning.
Therefore, the aim of this study was to estimate and analyze the values for genetic trend of birth, yearling, and mature weights of cows, weight gains from birth to weaning and after weaning, and the conformation, finishing precocity, and musculature visual scores at weaning and yearling in a program for genetic improvement of Nellore cattle.
HE barrage of information that confronts parents when their child is ready to start weaning can be overwhelming for many.
1-3] Weaning involves either abrupt or gradual withdrawal of MV support.
Weaning is defined as the introduction of foods other than the breast milk into an infant's diet, while slowly reducing breast feeding.