Definition of preemie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpriːmi/

noun (plural preemies)

North American informal
A baby born prematurely.
Example sentences
  • Another very common problem affecting preemies is immature lungs.
  • They acknowledged the life-saving potential of medical devices to support preemies and other ill newborns through life-and-death situations.
  • The infection destroys the intestine or a part of the bowel and kills a quarter of preemies born with it.


1920s (as premy): from premature + -ie.

Words that rhyme with preemie

beamy, creamy, dreamy, gleamy, Mimi, seamy, steamy

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