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prem

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Pronunciation: /prɛm
 
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Definition of prem in English:

noun

A premature baby: the only way they could see to keep prems alive at the time was by using pure oxygen
More example sentences
  • One meta-analysis casts doubt with regard to prems and infection.
  • Children's specialists are improving the outlook for prems (frail, under-developed babies, some born too soon).
  • All four are happy and healthy despite their rocky start to life and are taking part in the Walk for Prems to raise money for the charity.

adjective

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(Of a baby) premature.
Example sentences
  • A doctor has never stated this as fact, but when Anne needs a doctor or hospital visit, we are always asked if she was a prem baby.
  • It amazes me how complete she is, 7 weeks prem and although she is half the size that Josh was when he was born she has all the necessary fingers and toes.
  • A nurse told how the prem babies became hypothermic during the critical half hour periods when the generators were switched off.

Origin

1950s: abbreviation of premature.

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