|premature (ˌprɛməˈtjʊə, ˈprɛməˌtjʊə)|
|1.||occurring or existing before the normal or expected time|
|2.||impulsive or hasty: a premature judgment|
|3.||(of an infant) weighing less than 2500 g (5½ lbs) and usually born before the end of the full period of gestation|
|[C16: from Latin praemātūrus, very early, from prae in advance + mātūrus ripe]|
premature pre·ma·ture (prē'mə-tyur', -tur', -chur')
Occurring or developing before the usual or expected time.
Born after a gestation period of less than the normal time, especially, in human infants, after a period of less than 37 weeks.