preemie

noun
pree·mie | \ ˈprē-mē \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of preemie 

: a premature baby

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Stensrud wants this to provide hope for mothers of preemies who may not think resuscitation is worth the risk. Samantha Brodsky, Good Housekeeping, "Born at 21 Weeks, This May Be the Most Premature Surviving Baby," 10 Nov. 2017 Maya Tisdale was born in 2013 as a micro preemie, weighing one pound and 10 ounces. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "This Michigan girl, 4, with cerebral palsy just took her first steps," 6 July 2018 The micro-preemie was rushed from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas, the hospital where she was born, to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, her parents at her side. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Emergency C-Sections, Days-Long Labor and Breech Babies: The Most Complicated Duggar Births," 20 Mar. 2018 This is because weight can vary a hundredfold from preemies to teenagers versus perhaps fivefold among adults. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "Should Doctors Consider Body Size When Prescribing Drugs?," 8 June 2018 Doctors’ abilities to keep preemies alive a half-century ago was limited. Eva Holland, WIRED, "Saving Baby Boy Green," 27 Mar. 2018 For 2 years, his team will track the microbiomes and health of the preemies. Marla Broadfoot, Science | AAAS, "Too many antibiotics can give preemies a lifetime of ill health," 5 Apr. 2018 Obstetrics requires pricey specialists, expensive malpractice insurance and, in the 21st century, the capacity to deal with extreme preemies and high-risk deliveries. Shefali Luthra, Washington Post, "Medicaid Is Rural America’s Financial Midwife," 12 Mar. 2018 In Centre, employees decorated a special Children's of Alabama tree with patient stories, arm bands, preemie diapers and bows with logo stickers. William Thornton, AL.com, "Walmart donates $921,000 to Children's of Alabama," 2 Mar. 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of preemie

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

preemie

noun
pree·mie
variants: or premie \ˈprē-mē \

Medical Definition of preemie 

: a baby born prematurely

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