preadolescence

noun
pre·​ad·​o·​les·​cence | \ ˌprē-ˌa-də-ˈle-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce preadolescence (audio) \

Definition of preadolescence

: the period of human development just preceding adolescence specifically : the period between the approximate ages of 9 and 12

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Other Words from preadolescence

preadolescent \ ˌprē-​ˌa-​də-​ˈle-​sᵊnt How to pronounce preadolescent (audio) \ adjective or noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Yet there’s no better example of the genius of Big Mouth—a comedy that nails the sophomoric physical humor of preadolescence but whose hilarious portrait of puberty is really a mirror held up to adult sexuality—more than what follows. Judy Berman, Time, "WHAT IS THE FUEL OF THE FUTURE?," 4 Oct. 2019 Instead, the rats concerned acted normally until given their preadolescence doses of THC. The Economist, "In rats, cannabis during pregnancy rewires the brains of offspring," 19 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of preadolescence

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Preadolescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preadolescence. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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preadolescence

noun
pre·​ad·​o·​les·​cence | \ -ˌad-ᵊl-ˈes-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce preadolescence (audio) \

Medical Definition of preadolescence

: the period of human development just preceding adolescence specifically : the period between the approximate ages of 9 and 12

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