occurring earlier in pregnancy than expected; premature: preterm labor.
a baby born prematurely, especially one born before the 37th week of pregnancy and weighing less than 5½ pounds (2.5 kg).

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preterm (ˌpriːˈtɜːm)
1.  (of a baby) born prematurely
2.  prematurely

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preterm pre·term (prē'tûrm', prē-tûrm')
Occurring or appearing before the expected time at the end of a full-term pregnancy. n.
An infant born prematurely.

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It found no link to birth defects, preterm births, low birth weight or pregnancy loss.
Her findings confirmed that he was lagging in all areas, even after correcting for his preterm birth.
The price of preventing preterm labor is about to go through the roof.
Supplements can reduce the risk of preterm birth but may do little to prevent postpartum depression.
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