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 (prē′mə-tyo͝or′, -to͝or′, -cho͝or′)
1. Occurring, growing, or existing before the customary, correct, or assigned time; uncommonly or unexpectedly early: a premature end.
2. Born after a gestation period of less than the normal time: a premature infant.

[Middle English, ripe, from Latin praemātūrus, ripe too early : prae-, pre- + mātūrus, ripe; see mā- in Indo-European roots.]

pre′ma·ture′ly adv.
pre′ma·ture′ness, pre′ma·tu′ri·ty n.
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Noun1.prematurity - the state of being premature
immatureness, immaturity - not having reached maturity


n. prematurez, condición del feto antes de alcanzar el término de treinta y siete semanas de la gestación.
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17, World Prematurity Day, in honor of babies born premature and benefit the March of Dimes.
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The very next day there was a press release from a researcher presenting at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Lisbon confirming that there is indeed an association between a standard dilatation and curettage (D&C) abortion and an increased risk of prematurity in a subsequent pregnancy (ESHRE release, 6/16/15).
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In plain numbers, there were greater than 6,000 pre-term infants born in Massachusetts in 2012, a staggeringly high number of infants and their families affected by prematurity.
ONE of the region's bestloved landmarks was lit up a vivid purple last night in support of World Prematurity Day.
ISLAMABAD -- The World Prematurity Day would be observed in Pakistan on Monday to show commitment towards reducing the number of premature births in the country.
The charity is inviting the people of North Wales to join them on World Prematurity Day, on November 17, and help to raise awareness of babies born too soon around the world.
Request for proposal for Media Consultancy on World Prematurity Day.
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Prevalence of and risk factors for retinopathy of prematurity in a cohort of preterm infants treated exclusively with non-invasive ventilation in the irst week of life.
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is the most important cause of blindness and ophtalmologic disease in the neonatal period both in developing and developed countries (1,2,3).