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

Definition of pubertal

: of or relating to puberty

Examples of pubertal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those studies looked at how childhood adversity correlated with pubertal timing, cellular aging and changes in brain structure. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Growing up in a violent environment is likely to lead to accelerated aging and disease risk, new review of studies shows," 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, "Parents Are Relying on Melatonin to Help Their Kids Sleep. Should They?," 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, "Puberty blockers can be 'life-saving' drugs for trans teens, study shows," 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, "Puberty blockers can be 'life-saving' drugs for trans teens, study shows," 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, "Boys are hitting puberty earlier, partially due to rise in BMI, study suggests," 22 July 2019 The amount of food supply that a person’s grandparents were exposed to in their pre-pubertal years had a measurable effect on that person’s cardio-vascular risk two generations later. Quanta Magazine, "Can Darwinian Evolution Explain Lamarckism?," 11 May 2017

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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 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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