- The definition of premature is something that occurs too early or before it is ready.
- When you jump into something with an ill-prepared effort before you are ready, this is an example of a premature effort.
- When a baby is born after just seven months of pregnancy instead of nine months, this is an example of a baby that is premature.
Origin: L praematurus: see pre- and amp; mature
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- Occurring, growing, or existing before the customary, correct, or assigned time; uncommonly or unexpectedly early: a premature end.
- Born after a gestation period of less than the normal time: a premature infant.
Origin: Middle English, ripe, from Latin praemātūrus, ripe too early : prae-, pre- + mātūrus, ripe; see mā-1 in Indo-European roots.
- preˌma·tureˈly adverb
- preˌma·tureˈness, preˌma·tuˈri·ty noun
premature - Medical Definition
- 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.
- prematurity noun