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adjective pre·ma·ture \ˌprē-mə-ˈtyu̇r, -ˈtu̇r, -ˈchu̇r also ˌpre-\

Definition of premature

  1. :  happening, arriving, existing, or performed before the proper, usual, or intended time; especially :  born after a gestation period of less than 37 weeks premature babies

premature

noun

prematurely

adverb

prematureness

noun

prematurity

play play \-ˈtyu̇r-ə-tē, -ˈtu̇r-, -ˈchu̇r-\ noun

Examples of premature in a Sentence

  1. Her premature death at age 30 stunned her family and friends.

  2. Too much exposure to the sun can cause the premature aging of skin.

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Origin and Etymology of premature

Latin praematurus too early, from prae- + maturus ripe, mature

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PREMATURE Defined for English Language Learners

premature

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adjective

Definition of premature for English Language Learners

  • : happening too soon or earlier than usual

  • : born before the normal time


PREMATURE Defined for Kids

premature

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adjective pre·ma·ture \ˌprē-mə-ˈtu̇r, -ˈtyu̇r, -ˈchu̇r\

Definition of premature for Students

  1. :  happening, coming, or done before the usual or proper time :  too early a premature decision premature infants

prematurely

adverb

Medical Dictionary

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adjective pre·ma·ture \-mə-ˈt(y)u̇(ə)r, -ˈchu̇(ə)r, chiefly British ˌprem-ə-\

Medical Definition of premature

  1. :  happening, arriving, existing, or performed before the proper, usual, or intended time premature puberty premature aging; especially :  born after a gestation period of less than 37 weeks premature babies

prematurely

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Medical Definition of premature



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