Definition of premature in English:

premature

Line breaks: pre|ma¦ture
Pronunciation: /ˈprɛmətjʊə
 
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adjective

1Occurring or done before the usual or proper time; too early: the sun can cause premature ageing [with infinitive]: it would be premature to draw any firm conclusions at this stage
More example sentences
  • To discard potential new directions for research at this early stage would be premature.
  • Free radicals are thought to be responsible for helping to cause premature ageing, heart disease and cancer.
  • Apart from the associations with premature ageing, darker hair suits my Anglo-Asian olive skin.
Synonyms
untimely, early, too soon, too early, before time
archaic unseasonable
rash, overhasty, hasty, too soon, precipitate, precipitous, impulsive, impetuous, ill-timed, ill-considered
informal jumping the gun, previous
1.1(Of a baby) born before the end of the full term of gestation, especially three or more weeks before: the child was three weeks premature
More example sentences
  • SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) can happen to any baby, but premature babies and low birth-weight babies are more at risk.
  • His observations led to the careful control of oxygen delivery to premature babies.
  • Some premature babies suffer from breathing difficulties but this did not appear to be the case with Jennifer.
Synonyms
informal prem
North American informal preemie

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'ripe, mature'): from Latin praematurus 'very early', from prae 'before' + maturus 'ripe'.

Derivatives

prematurity

Pronunciation: /-ˈtjʊərɪti/
noun
More example sentences
  • Second-hand smoke also affects babies, before and after birth, and can lead to prematurity, respiratory illnesses, nervous disorders and hearing impairments.
  • Amazingly, the fat content in my breast milk would be higher to compensate for my baby's prematurity.
  • The respiratory difficulties the baby has can be expected with such prematurity.

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