pu·​ber·​tal | \ ˈpyü-bər-tᵊl How to pronounce pubertal (audio) \
variants: or puberal \ ˈpyü-​bə-​rəl How to pronounce pubertal (audio) \

Definition of pubertal

: of or relating to puberty

Examples of pubertal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And in a follow-up study, the researchers found that the students, especially boys, with higher levels of testosterone (a marker of pubertal maturation in both boys and girls) were most likely to respond well to the intervention. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 28 Apr. 2021 Despite the intense political focus on young transgender children, only 10 percent of the children arriving at her clinic are pre-pubertal. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021 For pre-pubertal transgender children diagnosed with gender dysphoria, doctors recommend avoiding gender-affirming medications, according to the Endocrine Society’s Clinical Practice Guideline, which sets standards of care for transgender people. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021 Those studies looked at how childhood adversity correlated with pubertal timing, cellular aging and changes in brain structure. Ryan Prior, CNN, 3 Aug. 2020 Only a few studies have examined the topic on a long-term basis, and these had small sample sizes, incomplete follow-up and poor measures of pubertal timing, the authors said. Christina Caron, New York Times, 18 May 2020 The legislation would contradict medical guidelines from several associations, including the Endocrine Society, which has guidelines that recommend doctors offer transgender teens pubertal suppression therapy, also known as puberty blocking. Jen Christensen, CNN, 23 Jan. 2020 The study, the first of its kind to examine access to pubertal suppression and suicidality, was published Thursday in the medical journal Pediatrics. Jen Christensen, CNN, 23 Jan. 2020 Increases in childhood weight, based on body mass index calculations at age 8, were related to earlier pubertal timing in boys, but didn't explain the full picture. Minali Nigam, CNN, 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of pubertal

circa 1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pubertal

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

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“Pubertal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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pu·​ber·​tal | \ ˈpyü-bərt-ᵊl How to pronounce pubertal (audio) \

Medical Definition of pubertal

: of, relating to, or occurring in puberty pubertal development


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