noun Informal.
an infant born prematurely; a preterm.

1925–30; prem(ature), respelled to represent the pronunciation unambiguously + -ie Unabridged
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preemie or premie (ˈpriːmɪ)
slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) a premature infant
[C20: altered from premature]
premie or premie
[C20: altered from premature]

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Word Origin & History

"baby born prematurely," 1927, premy, Amer.Eng. shortening of premature. Modern spelling is from 1949.
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
prematurely born infant
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Example sentences
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.
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