prepubescent

adjective pre·pu·bes·cent \ ˌprē-pyü-ˈbe-sᵊnt \
Updated on: 16 Mar 2018

Definition of prepubescent

: of, relating to, being in, or occurring in the period of development immediately preceding puberty
  • prepubescent children
  • prepubescent growth

prepubescent

noun

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First Known Use of prepubescent

1904

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PREPUBESCENT Defined for English Language Learners

prepubescent

Definition of prepubescent for English Language Learners

  • : relating to or being in the period of life just before puberty


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prepubescent

adjective pre·pu·bes·cent \ -ᵊnt \

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prepubescent

noun

medical Definition of prepubescent

: a prepubertal child

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