preterm
adjective Date: 1928 of, relating to, being, or brought forth by premature birth <
a preterm infant
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<
preterm labor
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • preterm — [prē′tʉrm΄] adj. of or having to do with premature birth, or born prematurely n. a preterm baby …   English World dictionary

  • preterm — pre·term tərm adj of, relating to, being, or born by premature birth <preterm infants> <a preterm delivery> <preterm labor> * * * pre·term (pre turmґ) before completion of the full term; said of pregnancy or of an infant …   Medical dictionary

  • preterm — /pree terrm /, adj. 1. occurring earlier in pregnancy than expected; premature: preterm labor. n. 2. a baby born prematurely, esp. one born before the 37th week of pregnancy and weighing less than 51/2 lb. (2.5 kg). [1925 30; PRE + TERM] * * * …   Universalium

  • preterm — adj. Preterm is used with these nouns: ↑baby, ↑birth, ↑delivery, ↑infant, ↑labour …   Collocations dictionary

  • preterm — 1. adjective Of a premature birth or baby. 2. noun A premature birth or baby …   Wiktionary

  • preterm — n. premature baby, baby that is born before a pregnancy reaches its full term adj. premature, born before a pregnancy reaches its full term …   English contemporary dictionary

  • preterm — adjective & adverb Medicine born or occurring after a pregnancy significantly shorter than normal …   English new terms dictionary

  • preterm — pre·term …   English syllables

  • preterm — pre•term [[t]priˈtɜrm[/t]] adj. 1) med occurring earlier in pregnancy than expected 2) med a baby born before the 37th week of pregnancy, esp. when undersized • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • preterm — /ˈpritɜm/ (say preeterm) adjective 1. (of a baby) born or occurring before a pregnancy has reached its full term. 2. (of an election) held before the parliament or other body for which members are elected has reached its full term. Also, pre term …   Australian English dictionary

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