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"Infant" is a noun which is often translated as "el/la bebé", and "maternal" is an adjective which is often translated as "maternal". Learn more about the difference between "infant" and "maternal" below.
infant(
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fihnt
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (small child)
a. el bebé
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la bebé
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A mother and her new-born infant were rescued from the fire.Se rescató a una madre con su bebé recién nacido del incendio.
b. el niño
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la niña
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I helped a lady who was carrying a baby and had three infants in tow.Ayudé a una señora que llevaba a un bebé en brazos y tres niños a la zaga.
2. (legal)
a. el menor de edad
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la menor de edad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
An infant may be made a ward of court for its own protection.Se puede poner a un menor de edad bajo la tutela del tribunal por su propia protección.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (relating to infants)
a. infantil
Better hygiene would reduce the number of infant deaths.Una mejor higiene haría bajar la tasa de mortalidad infantil.
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maternal
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (motherly)
a. maternal
Her maternal instincts kicked in when she babysat her friend's baby.Su instinto maternal salió a relucir cuando cuidaba al bebé de su amiga.
2. (genealogy)
a. materno
My maternal grandfather is bald, so there is a chance that I'll lose my hair too.Mi abuelo materno es calvo, así que hay probabilidades de que pierda mi cabello también.
b. por parte de madre
One of my maternal aunts agreed to finance my studies.Una de mis tías por parte de madre aceptó financiar mis estudios.
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