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A simple chart of multiple birth terms

The birth of quintuplets in Kakamega has some Kenyans confused about the terms used to identify multiple births.

The 28-year-old woman Everlyne Namukhula who hails from Sisokhe village in Navakholo Sub County gave birth to three girls and two boys through Caesarean
Section.

Confused about the term quintuplets? Don’t goggle, we got you. Below is a simple breakdown of names used to refer to babies born in multiples.

Even though multiple births are rare in Kenya, the fascination with such births still gets us all.

This quick reference can help you know what to call sets of multiples.

Number of Babies Term Used
1 Singleton
2 Twins
3 Triplets
4 Quadruplets (quads)
5 Quintuplets (quints)
6 Sextuplets
7 Septuplets
8 Octuplets
9 Nonuplets

The prefixes for the numbers four through nine come from the Latin words for those numbers. “Single,” “twin,” and “triplet” come from Middle English.

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