- occurring, coming, or done too soon: a premature announcement.
- mature or ripe before the proper time.
- a premature infant.
Origin of premature
Examples from the Web for prematurity
"What Phillip is so stormed up about is the prematurity of it all," he said to Coffin.The Coffin Cure
Alan Edward Nourse
Our next character is famous for prematurity of genius, and named John Lewis Candiac.The Book of Curiosities
His ideal was one of progress; but he came too soon, and paid for his prematurity with his life.An Outline of Russian Literature
The season of female beauty precedes that of their reason, and from its prematurity soon decays.The History of Sumatra
- occurring or existing before the normal or expected time
- impulsive or hastya premature judgment
- (of an infant) weighing less than 2500 g (5 1/2 lbs) and usually born before the end of the full period of gestation
Word Origin and History for prematurity
mid-15c., from Latin praematurus "early ripe" (as fruit), "too early, untimely," from prae "before" (see pre-) + maturus "ripe, timely" (see mature (v.)). Related: Prematurely; prematurity; prematuration. Premature ejaculation is attested from 1848; Latin euphemism ejaculatio praecox dates to 1891 in English but was used earlier in German and appears to have been, at first at least, the psychologist's term for it.
- Occurring or developing before the usual or expected time.
- Born after a gestation period of less than the normal time, especially, in human infants, after a period of less than 37 weeks.