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{adv: feelingly} with great feeling
"she spoke feelingly of her early childhood"
<-> unfeelingly



{n: DPT vaccine} abbreviation for combination vaccine against diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus toxoids; usually given in a series of injections in early childhood

{n: Tay-Sachs disease, Tay-Sachs, Sachs disease, infantile amaurotic idiocy} a hereditary disorder of lipid metabolism occuring most frequently in individuals of Jewish descent in eastern Europe; accumulation of lipids in nervous tissue results in death in early childhood

{n: Werdnig-Hoffman disease} autosomal recessive disease in which the degeneration of spinal nerve cells and brain nerve cells leads to atrophy of skeletal muscles and flaccid paralysis; death usually occurs in early childhood

{n: anal personality, anal retentive personality} (psychoanalysis) a personality characterized by meticulous neatness and suspicion and reserve; said to be formed in early childhood by fixation during the anal stage of development (usually as a consequence of toilet training)

{n: hereditary cerebellar ataxia} nervous disorder of late childhood and early adulthood; characterized by ataxic gait and hesitating or explosive speech and nystagmus

{n: infancy, babyhood, early childhood} the early stage of growth or development

{n: maple syrup urine disease, branched chain ketoaciduria} an inherited disorder of metabolism in which the urine has a odor characteristic of maple syrup; if untreated it can lead to mental retardation and death in early childhood

{n: oral personality} (psychoanalysis) a personality characterized either by generous optimism or aggressive and ambitious selfishness; formed in early childhood by fixation during the oral stage of development

{n: permanent tooth, adult tooth} any of the 32 teeth that replace the deciduous teeth of early childhood and (with luck) can last until old age


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