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[pree-mee] /ˈpri mi/
noun, Informal.
an infant born prematurely; a preterm.
Origin of preemie
1925-30; prem(ature), respelled to represent the pronunciation unambiguously + -ie Unabridged
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  • preemie problems persist, state-by-state report shows.
  • The fear of what will happen is an unknown and parenting a preemie is filled with unknowns.
British Dictionary definitions for preemie


(slang, mainly US & Canadian) a premature infant
Word Origin
C20: altered from premature
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Word Origin and History for preemie

"baby born prematurely," 1927, premy, American English shortening of premature + -y (2). Spelling with -ie attested from 1949.

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preemie in Medicine

preemie pree·mie or pre·mie (prē'mē)
A prematurely born infant.

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Slang definitions & phrases for preemie



A premature baby: like a human preemie, it was placed in an Isolette (1927+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for preemie


prematurely born infant
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