preterm

adjective
pre·term | \(ˌ)prē-ˈtərm, ˈprē-ˌtərm\

Definition of preterm 

: of, relating to, being, or brought forth by premature birth a preterm infant preterm labor

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But in analyzing the blood of some of the women who delivered prematurely, the team identified seven other genes with RNA signals that seemed to characterize preterm birth. Pam Belluck, The Seattle Times, "Blood test could predict pregnancy due date, potential for preterm birth," 9 June 2018 But in analyzing the blood of some of the women who delivered prematurely, the team identified seven other genes, mostly from the women, with RNA signals that seemed to characterize preterm birth. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "Blood Test Might Predict Pregnancy Due Date and Preterm Birth," 7 June 2018 The preterm birth rate rose for the second straight year in 2016 and the rate is about 50 percent higher among black women (14 percent) than among white women (9 percent). Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Infants born just one month premature more likely to develop ADHD, study finds," 26 June 2018 The other blood test in development, described in a small pilot study in the journal Science, aimed to predict not only preterm delivery but the gestational age of a pregnancy. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Blood tests to predict preterm birth risk raise excitement -- and questions," 7 June 2018 Critically or extremely preterm babies, those born before 28 weeks of gestation, have survival rates that are highly dependent on income levels. Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt, Scientific American, "Could Artificial Wombs Be a Reality?," 24 Jan. 2018 Louisiana's preterm birth rate was 12.6 percent, a slight increase from last year's rate of 12.3 percent. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "Louisiana has the 2nd-highest rate of premature births in the country," 1 Nov. 2017 Selenium comes into food from soil, and Muglia pointed out that in places such as the African nation of Malawi, selenium deficiency is common, and the preterm birth rate is among the highest on the planet. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Children's works on a genetic mystery: Why do some moms give birth too soon?," 18 Sep. 2017 The preterm birth rate worsened in 43 states this year. Anna Claire Vollers, AL.com, "Alabama earns F rating for high rate of preterm birth, top cause of infant death," 3 Nov. 2017

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preterm

adjective
pre·term | \-ˈtərm \

Medical Definition of preterm 

: of, relating to, being, or born by premature birth preterm infants a preterm delivery preterm labor

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