Definition of preemie in English:


Line breaks: pree¦mie
Pronunciation: /ˈpriːmi

noun (plural preemies)

North American informal
  • A baby born prematurely.
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    • 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.

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