Definition of preterm in English:


Syllabification: pre·term
Pronunciation: /prēˈtərm


  • Born or occurring after a pregnancy significantly shorter than normal, especially after no more than 37 weeks of pregnancy: babies born during preterm labor
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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.


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

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