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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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Blindness from retinopathy of prematurity is also preventable a condition which commences soon after birth especially in premature children is not uncommon.
Summary: Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] Jun 11 (ANI/NewsVoir): In a first of its kind initiative, to address the problem of avoidable blindness in India, the Ministry of Health, Government of India, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and partners successfully implemented two pilot initiatives focusing on a comprehensive health system approach to Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) and Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP).
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Kgosi Setumo said this during World Prematurity Day commemoration in Francistown recently.
Islamabad -- Each day over 600 newborns die in Pakistan due to complications related to Birth Asphyxia, Prematurity and Sepsis says the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
ISLAMABAD -- As 'World Prematurity Day' is being observed on Saturday, Unicef has emphasised that the care for the preterm babies was imperative to improve child survival indicators in Pakistan.
Today, on World Prematurity Day, Finlay's mum Morna has thanked the staff at the Princess Royal Maternity in Glasgow for all the "hard work, love, attention and expertise given to him from the day he arrived".
ISLAMABAD -- United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Friday on World Prematurity Day said that each year over 600 newborns die in Pakistan due to complications related to birth asphyxia, prematurity and sepsis.
As the world marks World Prematurity Day today (November 17), the Ministry of Health reports that the dangers of prematurity continue to follow even babies that make it past the one-month danger zone, accounting for one in eight (12 percent) deaths among babies under five years old.