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in·fan·ti·cide

(in-fan'ti-sīd),
1. The killing of an infant.
2. One who murders an infant.
[infant + L. caedo, to kill]
The active or semi-passive killing of a viable conceptus at greater than 20 weeks of gestation, which has breathed spontaneously

infanticide

Forensic medicine The active or semi-passive killing of a viable conceptus > 20 gestational wks, which breathes spontaneously. See Battered child syndrome, Child abuse. Cf Stillbirth.
Infanticide, diagnosis of  
'Hard' criteria
•  Comparison of gastric fluid composition with that of a toilet bowel-active drowning
•  Peural surfaces with petechiae Seen in induced suffocation, most significant when coupled with hematomas and petechiae on the mouth and epiglottis; the lingual frenulum may be torn and the lips bruised, indicating active attempts to suffocate infant.
•  Lungs Stillbirth lungs are not aerated and do not float
•  Edematous foam on nostrils An indicator of active breathing
•  Meconium Resuscitation of a true stillborn may push meconium into the perianal region, but extensive staining of the placenta and umbilical cord is due to antenatal stress
'Soft' criteria
•  Denial of pregnancy If the woman is obese or a dullard, she may not know she was pregnant
•  Rigor mortis A finding that is poorly appreciated in neonates
•  Impression of the body in soil, blood, or fomites, requiring diligent and timely scene investigation
•  Maceration of skin A finding typical of stillbirth
•  Putrefaction Stillborns do not putrefy as they have sterile bowels
•  Umbilical cord A cut cord indicates active intervention-time undetermined; an intact cord is consistent with stillbirth
•  Determination of age Viability, most fetuses born before 18 wks of gestation die despite resuscitative efforts, age is determined by skeletal dating, antenatal studies corroborating fetal death, eg Spaulding sign of in utero death characterized by overlapping cranial bones  

in·fan·ti·cide

(in-fan'ti-sīd)
1. The killing of an infant.
2. One who murders an infant.
[infant + L. caedo, to kill]

infanticide

Killing of an infant.
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(36) For an in-depth discussion of the infanticide in works of western literature and popular film see Kimball, The Infanticidal Logic of Evolution and Culture.
Jesus accepts death in order to undo the totality of God's infanticidal hostility toward sinful, errant humanity from the moment of Adam's first catastrophic disobedience to the small disobediences of ordinary men in Paul's own era.
By evaluating how infanticidal mothers are generally treated by the legal system side by side with the law's treatment of Woodward and society's treatment of Eappen, this Article demonstrates that, while Woodward was held to an easier standard than most infanticidal mothers, Eappen--who was not accused of infanticide--was held to the toughest of standards.
His view of the God of the Hebrew Bible, which opens the chapter discussing "the God Hypothesis," is hardly an example of scientifically detached writing: The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomanical, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully." (12)
One example that comes to mind here is the way in which Toni Morrison uses the Medea myth in her novel Beloved not to refute or alter the position of "woman" as inherently infanticidal but, rather, to demonstrate how an already "universal" myth invites all women to place themselves in the Medea role.
The Commission heard testimony emphasizing both the untenable social circumstances of infanticidal mothers and, in terms of what Ward shows to be the lay common sense of the time rather than any theory of psychiatric medicine, women's constitutional weaknesses, especially as these might be manifest during childbirth (Ward 1999:165-6).
But while Dilsey represents the fantasy of the good mammy, selfless, giving, wholly devoted to the wellbeing of her charges, and taking up the (considerable) slack left by her employer, Nancy is a projection of the fears of white female sexuality run amok; she embodies those same benevolent qualities pushed to infanticidal extreme by a failure of good white womanhood on her employer's part.
The very nature of evolutionary life is infanticidal at its core, according to Kimball (English, U.
An infanticidal morn improves the odds of her offspring getting a square meal.
We have here deft variations on a theme of sacred monsters, infanticidal Mother Nature, the revenge of the world on presumptuous art, small Germans in big spaces, weather and Indians.
Are there trial strategies that overcome traditional stereotypes that the infanticidal mother is mad or bad?
Similarly, in The Heart of Midlothian the representation of distracted or infanticidal mothers allows Scott to explore the dangerous nature of passionate local (Scottish) attachments, which threatened the stability of what was, in his view, the progressive and enlightened Act of Union.