Definition of puberty
1 : the condition of being or the period of becoming first capable of reproducing sexually that is brought on by the production of sex hormones and the maturing of the reproductive organs (such as the testes and ovaries), development of secondary sex characteristics (such as male facial hair growth and female breast development), and in humans and the higher primates by the first occurrence of menstruation in the female
2 : the age at which puberty occurs often construed legally as 14 in boys and 12 in girls
Examples of puberty in a Sentence
He reached puberty later than most of his classmates.
Recent Examples of puberty from the Web
Being in the public eye is a little tricky, especially from my formative years, going through puberty and everything was very difficult, especially given how the media portrays what young girls should look like.
Hanson The brothers Hanson (Isaac, Taylor, Zac) long ago passed through puberty into adulthood and so did their fans.
Hormonal symptoms: Infertility, missed periods, late puberty, early menopause, thyroid issues and Type 1 diabetes are all hormonal symptoms of someone with undiagnosed celiac disease.
Cirque soars when its magical concoction of saucy mimes, world-class acrobats and dream-sequence design reach across the puberty line to make the dad and and toddler alike spill their juice in total unawareness.
At the start of puberty, the brain grows more dramatically than at any other point in one’s life.
Doctors may actually be doing fewer in the future, since more young people may begin taking medication that can suppress puberty, which could cut down on the need for some surgeries.
Pregnancy, for a lot of women, is like sending your skin through puberty again.
Even the play’s fierce sexual energy finds an appropriate correspondence among these adolescents storming through puberty.
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Origin and Etymology of puberty
Middle English puberte, from Latin pubertas, from puber pubescent
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
PUBERTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of puberty for English Language Learners
: the period of life when a person's sexual organs mature and he or she becomes able to have children
PUBERTY Defined for Kids
Definition of puberty for Students
: the age at or period during which the body of a boy or girl matures and becomes capable of reproducing
Medical Definition of puberty
1: the condition of being or the period of becoming first capable of reproducing sexually marked by maturing of the genital organs, development of secondary sex characteristics, and in humans and the higher primates by the first occurrence of menstruation in the female
2: the age at which puberty occurs being typically between 13 and 16 years in boys and 11 and 14 in girls and often construed legally as 14 in boys and 12 in girls
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