prematurity

noun
pre·​ma·​tu·​ri·​ty | \ -mə-ˈt(y)u̇r-ət-ē, -ˈchu̇r-, chiefly British ˌprem-ə- \
plural prematurities

Medical Definition of prematurity

1 : the condition of an infant born viable but before 37 weeks of gestation

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“Prematurity.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/prematurity. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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