- an infant born prematurely; a preterm.
Origin of preemie
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The preemie makes a fist and, summoning all his strength, punches through the glass case of his incubator.Juvenilia: A Bibliography
February 15, 2010
- slang, mainly US and Canadian a premature infant
C20: altered from premature
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Word Origin and History for preemie
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- A prematurely born infant.
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