noun. a condition of undergrowth, as it pertains to the birth of a child prior to it having completed the typical fetal processes of growth. Premature infants have low birth weights and face the threat of problems like jaundice and respiratory distress syndrome.

PREMATURITY: "The chance of prematurity is increased in cases of substance abuse, like drug, alcohol, or tobacco use, during pregnancy."
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