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Topic: BIRTH

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: praematurus, from maturus; MATURE1

premature

adjective
     
pre‧ma‧ture
1 happening before the natural or proper time:
his premature death due to cancer
premature ageing of the skin
2MB a premature baby is born before the usual time of birth:
a premature birth
The baby was six weeks premature.
3 done too early or too soon:
a premature order to attack
Any talk of a deal is premature.
it is premature (for somebody) to do something
It would be premature to accuse anyone until the investigation is complete.
prematurely adverb:
The baby was born prematurely.
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