An artificial nipple, usually made of plastic, upon which an infant can suck to gain some solace and quiet down. A pacifier is called by other names in other countries including a "dummy" in the U.K. Pacifiers have been claimed to cause early weaning. However, a study (JAMA, July 18, 2001) was done of women who were planned to breastfeed for at least 3 months. All of the women were told how to soothe a crying or fussy child, but one group of women was told to avoid giving their baby a pacifier. Advising women not to give their baby a pacifier had no effect. The rate of early weaning was the same in both groups. The use of a pacifier does not cause early weaning.

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pac·i·fi·er 'pas-ə-.fī(-ə)r n
1) a usu. nipple-shaped device for babies to suck or bite on

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  • pacifier — [ pasifje ] v. tr. <conjug. : 7> • 1487; pacefier « faire la paix » 1250; lat. pacificare 1 ♦ Ramener à l état de paix (un pays, un peuple). « il pacifia la Sicile tant par la force que par la clémence » (Gautier). P. p. adj. Zone pacifiée …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • pacifier — Pacifier. v. a. Mettre la paix. Pacifier les differends. pacifier un Estat. pacifier les troubles. quand il eut pacifié toutes choses …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Pacifier — Pac i*fi er, n. 1. One who or that which pacifies. [1913 Webster] 2. A small device, usually of rubber or plastic containing a protruding nipple shaped portion which a baby may place in its mouth and suck on; it is used to keep babies contented.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pacifier — index go between Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pacifier — (n.) one who pacifies or appeases, 1530s, agent noun from PACIFY (Cf. pacify). The meaning nipple shaped device for babies is first recorded 1904 …   Etymology dictionary

  • pacifier — une contrée, Pacem facere, vel conficere, Pacificare. Un homme pacifique, Pacificus …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • pacifier — ► NOUN 1) a person or thing that pacifies. 2) N. Amer. a baby s dummy …   English terms dictionary

  • pacifier — [pas′ə fī΄ər] n. 1. a person or thing that pacifies ☆ 2. a nipple or teething ring for babies …   English World dictionary

  • Pacifier — This article is about the baby pacifier. For other uses, see Pacifier (disambiguation). A pacifier A pacifier (known as a dummy or soother in some countries) is a rubber, plastic, or silicone nipple given to an infant or other young child to suck …   Wikipedia

  • pacifier — (pa si fi é), je pacifiais, nous pacifiions, vous pacifiiez ; que je pacifie, que nous pacifiions ; que vous pacifiiez, v. a. 1°   Rétablir la paix. •   L Europe espère, Sire, que votre Majesté ne se contentera pas de l éclairer, qu elle va… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Pacifier — Pour une définition du mot « pacifier », voir l’article pacifier du Wiktionnaire. Pacifier Album par Shihad (en tant que Pacifier) Sortie 2002 …   Wikipédia en Français

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