puberty


pu·ber·ty

noun \ˈpyü-bər-tē\

: the period of life when a person's sexual organs mature and he or she becomes able to have children

Full Definition of PUBERTY

1
:  the condition of being or the period of becoming first capable of reproducing sexually marked by maturing of the genital organs, development of secondary sex characteristics, and in the human and in higher primates by the first occurrence of menstruation in the female
2
:  the age at which puberty occurs often construed legally as 14 in boys and 12 in girls

Examples of PUBERTY

  1. He reached puberty later than most of his classmates.

Origin of PUBERTY

Middle English puberte, from Latin pubertas, from puber pubescent
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Physiology Terms

eructation, flux, gustatory, menarche, myopia, senescence, torpor

pu·ber·ty

noun \ˈpyü-bərt-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural pu·ber·ties

Medical Definition of PUBERTY

1
: the condition of being or the period of becoming first capable of reproducing sexually marked by maturing of the genital organs, development of secondary sex characteristics, and in humans and the higher primates by the first occurrence of menstruation in the female
2
: the age at which puberty occurs being typically between 13 and 16 years in boys and 11 and 14 in girls and often construed legally as 14 in boys and 12 in girls

puberty

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In human physiology, the period of first becoming capable of reproducing sexually. Occurring at about age 12 in girls and age 14 in boys, puberty is characterized by the maturing of the genital organs, development of secondary sex characteristics, and, in girls, onset of menstruation. Both sexes experience a swift increase in body size and changes in body shape and composition. Puberty marks the beginning of adolescence.

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