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

: a premature baby

Examples of preemie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Born a preemie himself, Richard Horvitz understands the need for compassionate and expert neonatal care, UH said. Julie Washington, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2021 In addition to the bags, Mattie’s Memory also offers special gowns for children from a micro-preemie to an infant. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 July 2021 Mattie’s Togs, located on the Dunn Hill side of St. Matthew Church, features an abundance of new and gently used clothing for boys and girls, preemie to sizes 16 and up., 11 June 2021 Henry, who is nonverbal, was born a preemie at 29 weeks and with cerebral palsy. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, 2 June 2020 Life was already complicated for the micro-preemie before the COVID-19 pandemic. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 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, 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, 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., 28 Sep. 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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English Language Learners Definition of preemie

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


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

Medical Definition of preemie

: a baby born prematurely

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