premature birth

premature birth
A birth occurring before the expiration of the natural period of pregnancy. Sullivan v Old Colony Street R. Co. 197 Mass 512, 83 NE 1091. See miscarriage.

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  • premature birth and postmature birth — ▪ medicine       in humans, respectively, any birth that occurs significantly before or after the expected date of delivery.       A premature birth is defined as one that occurs less than 37 weeks after conception. In the United States… …   Universalium

  • premature birth — noun a) The birth of an infant prior to the completion of its prenatal development. b) Childbirth occurring earlier than 37 completed weeks of gestation, but later than 20th week, which is regarded a miscarriage. See Also: preemie, preterm birth …   Wiktionary

  • premature birth — see preterm birth …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • birth — W2S2 [bə:θ US bə:rθ] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old Norse; Origin: byrth] 1.) give birth (to sb) if a woman gives birth, she produces a baby from her body ▪ Patsy was celebrating last night after giving birth to twins. 2.) [U and C] the time when a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • premature — premature, untimely, forward, advanced, precocious are comparable though rarely interchangeable when they mean unduly early in coming, happening, or developing. Premature applies usually to something which takes place before its due or proper… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Premature — Pre ma*ture , a. [L. praematurus; prae before + maturus ripe. See {Mature}.] 1. Mature or ripe before the proper time; as, the premature fruits of a hotbed. [1913 Webster] 2. Happening, arriving, existing, or performed before the proper or usual… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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