Definition of preemie
: a premature baby
Recent Examples of preemie from the Web
None of the lights are in the direct view of the baby because preemies have very thin eyelids and cannot turn over or otherwise turn away from an unpleasant light source.
Volunteers spend up to four hours holding, rocking and reading to preemies in the neonatal intensive care unit.
The Baby Buddies read to preemies to facilitate early learning.
Now her colleagues will crochet 700+ jellyfish for preemies in her memory At first, the experts in Fort Wayne diagnosed the lesion as a cancerous mole.
The graduation was so well received, the NICU staff decided to start a graduation as a way to celebrate this accomplishment for the whole families of preemies finally going home.
None of this means that extreme preemies aren't at a disadvantage from the beginning of life.
Now, however, there's some very good news on the preemie front.
The black-and-white portrait of her being held between two hands in the NICU, at 28 weeks and 2.2 pounds, became famous and inspired parents with preemies all over the world.
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Origin and Etymology of preemie
premature + -ie
First Known Use: 1927See Words from the same year
PREEMIE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of preemie for English Language Learners
: a baby that is born before it has fully developed : a premature baby
Medical Definition of preemie
: a baby born prematurely
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