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I'm looking for a word for the next context.

This is a preterm baby which was born with (?x?) nails and hair.

The word should imply that the nails and hair weren't ready yet, as in normal mature baby. I remember I saw word which describes it. What about undone? Does it fit the context? I think this is the word I saw in past, but I'm not sure.

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  • Undeveloped? Partly developed? Incomplete? Jul 11, 2020 at 23:26
  • What about undone? Does it fit the context? I think this is the word I saw in past, but I'm not sure. Jul 12, 2020 at 0:10
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    It could also be unformed. But we shouldn't be guessing at the word you can't remember. Jul 12, 2020 at 1:15
  • undone is a synonym for some of the words suggested here by others Jul 12, 2020 at 1:17
  • @green_ideas No. "undone" implies that the baby has some sort of control or choice over the growth of hair. It isn't a useful synonym in this context
    – James K
    Jul 12, 2020 at 8:27

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Not "undone"

"Immature", "underdeveloped", "partly formed" or (turning the meaning round) "developing": these are all possible words.

Not really about an English adjective, but preterm babies are often covered with body hair called lanugo. So perhaps the expression should be

This is a preterm baby which was born covered with lanugo

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