January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1761
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A definition of the term "prematurity" is presented. It refers to the state of an infant born any time prior to completion of the 37th week of gestation. For the human being, the normal gestation period is 40 weeks. Premature infants are handicapped by a number of anatomical and physiological limitations. In direct proportion to the degree of immaturity present, these limitations vary.


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