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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 kilograms).
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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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Medical 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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