Definition of preterm in English:

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preterm

Pronunciation: /priːˈtəːm/
Medicine

adjective

Born or occurring after a pregnancy significantly shorter than normal, especially after no more than 37 weeks of pregnancy: babies born during preterm labour preterm babies who did not require respiratory support had a high prevalence of wheeze and cough in the first year of life
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  • It starts with the management of preterm labor and postdate pregnancies.
  • Smoking during pregnancy has also been linked to preterm labor and other pregnancy complications.
  • We propose that women should be informed of a small but significantly elevated risk of preterm birth and perinatal death when they conceive shortly after a birth.

adverb

After a short pregnancy; prematurely: babies born preterm are likely to lack surfactant in the lungs

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