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

: a premature baby

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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 The 20-year-old first-time father was overcome with joy when his preemie twins were born the week before, visiting them every day in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Louisville Hospital. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, "He held his newborn son and was gunned down minutes later. Are Louisville gangs to blame?," 5 July 2019 My parents moved in with us from China to help take care of the twins since they were born as preemies and required a lot of extra care. Diane J. Cho,, "How this Gay Dad of 3 Found Confidence to Parent After a Doctor Said He Lacked 'Maternal Instincts'," 27 June 2019 More recently, the group has been knitting hats for preemie babies and small blankets for those mourning the loss of a baby., "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 20 June 2019 Baby Connor was born a tiny preemie in July, weighing just 11 ounces — about the size of a human heart and lighter than a can of soda. Cathy Free, The Seattle Times, "Baby born last year weighing less than a soda can heads home for the first time," 12 Apr. 2019 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. Elyse Roth, Redbook, "See What the Anne Geddes' Babies Look Like 20 Years Later," 24 May 2017 Because White’s son was a preemie, access to breast milk was critical because of its immune antibodies. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 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

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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

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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