pu·​ber·​tal ˈpyü-bər-tᵊl How to pronounce pubertal (audio)
variants or puberal
: of or relating to puberty

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That stance, though, was bolstered by a recent study from Dr. Juul’s group showing that, of 205 pubertal children younger than 8 who underwent brain scans, just 1.8 percent of girls and 12.5 percent of boys had brain abnormalities indicating central precocious puberty. New York Times, 19 May 2022 Psychologist David Yeager of the University of Texas at Austin has been exploring how best to frame messages to teenagers and studying whether their effectiveness interacts with pubertal maturation, a sign that the neurochemical changes are playing a role. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 28 Apr. 2021 Sure enough, pubertal mice had seven times as many of the receptors as infant mice. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 22 Mar. 2010 During childhood, your brain actively inhibits GNRH from releasing pubertal hormones like estrogen and testosterone, allowing kids to experience childhood without hormones in the mix, says Shirtcliff. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 23 Aug. 2022 That risk occurs disproportionately in post-pubertal boys and young men, according to both Cooper and Schwartzberg. Isabella Fertel, USA TODAY, 10 Nov. 2022 Marlon Goering, a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, studies the relationship between pubertal timing and behavioral challenges in young people. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2022 Pre-pubertal transgender children can often begin a social transition, changing one’s name and pronouns, or wearing a style that aligns best with their identity. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 2 Sep. 2022 Herman-Giddens went on to lead a study of pubertal development in some seventeen thousand girls in the U.S., published in the journal Pediatrics in 1997. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


pubertal from puberty; puberal from Medieval Latin puberalis, from Latin puber

First Known Use

circa 1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pubertal was circa 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Pubertal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


pu·​ber·​tal ˈpyü-bərt-ᵊl How to pronounce pubertal (audio)
: of, relating to, or occurring in puberty
pubertal development
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