Definition of birthweight in English:

birthweight

noun

  • [mass noun] The weight of a baby at birth:

    ‘the risk of low birthweight’
    [as modifier] ‘the high mortality of low birthweight children’
    • ‘The doctors I met on a professional visit in March pointed to a rising prevalence of anaemia in pregnant women and low birthweight babies.’
    • ‘The size of the new class would depend partly on the extent to which low birthweight babies are included and the rigour with which the requirement for the injury to be birth related is applied.’
    • ‘Anemia, unless it is severe, is unlikely to harm your baby, although iron deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of preterm birth and low birthweight.’
    • ‘A healthy weight gain is especially important if a woman is pregnant with twins or more, as multiples have a higher risk of preterm birth and low birthweight than singletons.’
    • ‘Very low birthweight is a weight of less than 3 pounds, 5 ounces.’
    • ‘Smokeless tobacco use in pregnant women reduces birth weight and increases the number of low birthweight babies.’
    • ‘Infant factors available for analysis were presentation, multiple birth, gestational age, birth weight, birthweight percentile, and Apgar score at five minutes.’
    • ‘Trials in the 1950s showed that reducing heat loss improves survival for preterm and low birthweight infants.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, about 20 to 40 percent of the very lowest birthweight babies develop serious lasting disabilities.’
    • ‘Too much stress may increase the risk of preterm labor, low birthweight and possibly miscarriage.’
    • ‘Such interventions have been reported to help pregnant women, for example, cope with stress and reduce the possibility of low birthweight babies.’
    • ‘Research also suggests teenage parents tend to have poorer ante-natal health, lower birthweight babies and higher infant mortality rates.’
    • ‘Very high levels of stress may contribute to preterm birth or low birthweight in full-term babies, however, so you should try to learn how to cope with it.’
    • ‘Child mortality has more than doubled and the incidence of low birthweight babies has quadrupled since sanctions began.’
    • ‘As developmental paediatrician to a neonatal referral centre she followed many low birthweight children with great skill.’
    • ‘Having fewer low birthweight and pre-term babies (those born before 37 weeks) means lower infant mortality.’
    • ‘Exposure to high levels of lead during pregnancy contributes to miscarriage, preterm delivery, low birthweight and developmental delays in the infant.’
    • ‘Other low birthweight babies are not premature, but are small because of poor growth, usually as result of poor function of the placenta.’
    • ‘We found no evidence of elevated risk of coronary heart disease among lower birthweight infants who remained relatively lean into adulthood.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if small for gestation fetuses are detected, this may prompt intervention that leads to earlier birth thereby contributing to both preterm and low birthweight rates.’

Pronunciation:

birthweight

/ˈbəːθweɪt/