wean (away) from (something)

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wean (away) from (something)

1. To accustom a baby or an infant mammal to stop relying solely on its mother's milk so as to take nourishment from some other source of food. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "wean" and "(away) from." Doctors currently don't recommend weaning babies away from breastmilk before they are six months old. Some seal pups are weaned from their mothers' teat after only two weeks.
2. To slowly or gradually stop doing, ingesting, or consuming something to which one has developed a strong habit or dependency. I'm trying to wean away from so many fatty foods and start eating more fruits and vegetables. Some people are able to wean from smoking gradually, while other people find it better to stop completely all at once.
3. To force or accustom someone to the gradual withdrawal from some action or thing to which they have developed a strong habit or dependency. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "wean" and "(away) from." I want to start weaning the kids away from TV and video games on the weekends and get them to read or play outside more. The medication helps wean patients off alcohol by simulating its effects in the brain.
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wean someone (away) from something

to force someone or an animal to break a habit. (Fig. on the notion of ending the dependence of a young creature on milk alone.) It was almost impossible to wean her from her high spending habits. We couldn't wean away the dog from its mother.
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wean from

or wean off
v.
1. To accustom some young mammal to nourishment other than something, as the mother's milk, obtained by suckling: The mother weaned the child from breast milk. The child was weaned from the breast.
2. To detach someone from something to which one is strongly habituated or devoted: I finally weaned myself from cigarettes. They were weaned from their drug habits at the rehabilitation center.
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Predictive factors of weaning from mechanical ventilation and extubation outcome: A systematic review.
Lung gas exchange capacity, cardiovascular integrity, neuromuscular status, psychological conditions, and nutritional status, among other things, have been described as determining factors for the process of weaning from MV.
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.
Days to weaning for second and later parities were calculated similarly to DTW1, and then the values were added to obtain the sum of days to weaning from the second to the last parity (DTW2).
But the current study measured appropriate weaning from the perspectives of timely initiation, meeting minimum dietary diversity, and meal frequency with continued breast feeding.
The purpose of the RCC is to care for patients who are on mechanical ventilation for more than 21 days and for patients who experience difficulty in weaning from mechanical ventilation.
Current guidelines encourage weaning from six months of age, with babies fed only breast or formula milk before this time.
However, after weaning from milk, calves fulfill their energy needs from fermentation of solid feeds in rumen.
I am sensing the residue of an interminable debate in critical care I as to the most effective method of weaning from mechanical ventilation.
lung recruitment during ECMO, weaning to partial ventilator support, weaning from ECMO before the invasive mechanical ventilation).
Many investigators examined the possibility of weaning from IMV using Non Invasive Ventilation (NIV) to shorten the intubation time and to avoid intubation related complications such as ventilation associated pneumonia.
We hypothesized that patients who fail weaning from mechanical ventilation recruit their inspiratory rib cage muscles sooner than they recruit their expiratory muscles, and that rib cage muscle recruitment is accompanied by recruitment of sternomastoid muscles.
* To provide safe liberation or weaning from mechanical ventilation and other respiratory support for patients/residents admitted to a subacute/long-term care ventilator unit from an acute care setting where prior weaning efforts had failed.
He presented a randomized, multicenter trial in which 64 older patients with hypnotic-dependent insomnia were assigned to one of three treatment strategies: gradual weaning from their hypnotic drugs, placebo biofeedback followed by gradual weaning from hypnotics, or eight sessions of behavioral therapy followed by weaning from hypnotics.
A recent study from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, looked at two aspects of the pacifier controversy: does pacifier use lead to less fussing and crying and does pacifier use lead to early weaning from the breast.