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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1928

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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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