Pronunciation: pre'ma-tur' -tyur
- Occurring before the usual or expected time.
- Denoting an infant born at a gestational age of less than 37 weeks; birth weight is no longer considered a criterion for use of this designation.
[L. praematurus, too early, fr. prae-, pre- + maturus, ripe (mature)]
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