adolescence

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ad·o·les·cence

noun \ˌa-də-ˈle-sən(t)s\

: the period of life when a child develops into an adult

Full Definition of ADOLESCENCE

1
:  the state or process of growing up
2
:  the period of life from puberty to maturity terminating legally at the age of majority
3
:  a stage of development (as of a language or culture) prior to maturity

Examples of ADOLESCENCE

  1. Their children are on the verge of adolescence.
  2. He struggled through his adolescence.

First Known Use of ADOLESCENCE

15th century

ad·o·les·cence

noun \ˌad-əl-ˈes-ən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ADOLESCENCE

1
: the state or process of growing up
2
: the period of life from puberty to maturity terminating legally at the age of majority

adolescence

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Period of life from puberty to adulthood (roughly ages 12–20) characterized by marked physiological changes, development of sexual feelings, efforts toward the construction of identity, and a progression from concrete to abstract thought. Adolescence is sometimes viewed as a transitional state, during which youths begin to separate themselves from their parents but still lack a clearly defined role in society. It is generally regarded as an emotionally intense and often stressful period.

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