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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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Islamabad -- As Pakistan observes the 7th annual World Prematurity Day, a strong commitment towards reducing the number of preterm births in the country is imperative to progress towards global goals for health and wellbeing.
The study, coordinated by Louis Muglia, MD, PhD, co-director of the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children's and principal investigator of the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center--Ohio Collaborative, together with Bo Jacobsson, MD, PhD, of Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, involved data from more than 50,000 women.
World prematurity Day is a global initiative involving more than 60 countries and is supported by UNICEF, WHO, March of Dimes and Save the Children.
LAHORE -- Pakistan will observe the 6th annual World Prematurity Day on Thursday (Nov 17) to reaffirm its commitment towards reducing the number of preterm births in the country.
South Africa will mark World Prematurity Day on 17th November 2016.
Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is proliferative retinopathy affecting the retina of premature infants and is one of the major cause of childhood blindness in developing countries.
1,2) Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a proliferative vitreoretinopathy arising from the avascular retina in premature neonates.
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is an important cause of childhood blindness.
Aim: To determine the role of serum insulin-like growth factor-1 levels in the development of retinopathy of prematurity, which is a major cause of childhood blindness worldwide.
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is an ischemic retinopathy of premature and low birth weight infants.