pree·​mie | \ ˈprē-mē How to pronounce preemie (audio) \
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Definition of preemie

: a premature baby

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Recent Examples on the Web Henry, who is nonverbal, was born a preemie at 29 weeks and with cerebral palsy. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel teen with cerebral palsy beats coronavirus after experimental treatment," 2 June 2020 Life was already complicated for the micro-preemie before the COVID-19 pandemic. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Looking for Pampers and Huggies? Diapers and wipes return to store shelves as COVID-19 shortages ease," 28 Apr. 2020 Donor milk carries contamination risks, and needs to be pasteurized to avoid the transmission of infection, a process that can reduce the bioactive components of human milk that are beneficial to preemies in the first place. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz Africa, "Kenya hopes its first human milk bank will save infants’ lives," 13 Aug. 2019 In its first two years, the Bridge Program at Mobile’s USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital, where Elijah was a preemie in the NICU, has helped 340 patients. Michelle Matthews |, al, "This nurse started a program to help moms of babies with anomalies," 27 Nov. 2019 In the 1970s, Colombian doctors who lacked incubators for premature babies had parents hold their preemies on their chests, acting as a kind of living incubator., "One woman’s quest to improve care for premature babies - The Boston Globe," 28 Sep. 2019 Tests for contamination in the incubators, as well as among healthcare workers who came into contact with the preemies, were all coming up negative, according to a report on the case published Friday by the American Society for Microbiology. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Bacteria are likely hiding in your household washing machine," 27 Sep. 2019 Donor milk has been shown to help protect babies against necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a medical condition that preemies are especially susceptible to, in which bacteria invade portions of the intestines and can destroy the wall of the bowel. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz Africa, "Kenya hopes its first human milk bank will save infants’ lives," 13 Aug. 2019 But this is not an option for up to 40% of preemies in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) around the world whose mothers can’t breastfeed for health reasons. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz Africa, "Kenya hopes its first human milk bank will save infants’ lives," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of preemie

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for preemie

premature + -ie

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“Preemie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of preemie

US, informal : a baby that is born before it has fully developed : a premature baby


variants: or premie \ ˈprē-​mē How to pronounce premie (audio) \

Medical Definition of preemie

: a baby born prematurely

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