preadolescence

noun pre·ad·o·les·cence \ ˌprē-ˌa-də-ˈle-sᵊn(t)s \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of preadolescence

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

preadolescent

play \ˌprē-ˌa-də-ˈle-sᵊnt\ adjective or noun

First Known Use of preadolescence

1907


Medical Dictionary

preadolescence

noun pre·ad·o·les·cence \ -ˌad-ᵊl-ˈes-ᵊn(t)s \

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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