preterm

adjective

pre·​term (ˌ)prē-ˈtərm How to pronounce preterm (audio)
ˈprē-ˌtərm
: of, relating to, being, or brought forth by premature birth
a preterm infant
preterm labor

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Asian and Pacific Islander mothers saw the largest preterm birth increase. Nada Hassanein, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2022 Black women are also 2.5 times more likely to deliver their babies preterm than white women. Ruha Benjamin, WIRED, 22 Sep. 2022 Women are also at a higher risk of adverse pregnancy health outcomes as a result of Covid infections, including hypertension, preeclampsia, impaired fetal growth and preterm birth. Madeline Halpert, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 But older moms are more likely to have preterm births, as are women infected with COVID-19, said the CDC's Joyce Martin, a study co-author. CBS News, 24 May 2022 But older moms are more likely to have preterm births, as are women infected with COVID-19, said the CDC’s Joyce Martin, a study co-author. Mike Stobbe, USA TODAY, 24 May 2022 Infections with gonorrhea and syphilis were more strongly associated with very preterm births, which meant between 28 and 31 weeks. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 29 Nov. 2021 The study, which included many high-risk Black women, showed that those on the medication saw a 34 percent reduction in their risk of having a preterm birth compared with those in a control group. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 In fact, the makers of Makena cited that precedent in arguing that their preterm-birth drug should remain available. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'preterm.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preterm was in 1928

Dictionary Entries Near preterm

Cite this Entry

“Preterm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preterm. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

preterm

adjective

pre·​term -ˈtərm How to pronounce preterm (audio)
: of, relating to, being, or born by premature birth
preterm infants
a preterm delivery
preterm labor
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Spell It

Hear a word and type it out. How many can you get right?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ