preterm

[ pree-turm ]
/ priˈtɜrm /
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adjective

occurring earlier in pregnancy than expected; premature: preterm labor.

noun

a baby born prematurely, especially one born before the 37th week of pregnancy and weighing less than 5½ pounds (2.5 kg).

Nearby words

  1. preterit,
  2. preterite,
  3. preterition,
  4. preteritive,
  5. preterlegal,
  6. preterm infant,
  7. pretermission,
  8. pretermit,
  9. preternatural,
  10. preterperfect

Origin of preterm

First recorded in 1925–30; pre- + term

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British Dictionary definitions for preterm

preterm

/ (ˌpriːˈtɜːm) /

adjective

(of a baby) born prematurely

adverb

prematurely
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Word Origin and History for preterm

preterm

adj.

also pre-term, 1928, from pre- + term (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for preterm

preterm

[ prētûrm′, prē-tûrm ]

adj.

Occurring or appearing before the expected time at the end of a full-term pregnancy.

n.

An infant born prematurely.

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