puberty

noun
pu·​ber·​ty | \ ˈpyü-bər-tē How to pronounce puberty (audio) \

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 on the Web The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends physicians take a gender-affirming, non-judgmental approach and also discuss risks and benefits to puberty inhibitors. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio bill would punish doctors who help transgender kids transition," 11 Feb. 2020 Turban recently wrote a study that found transgender people who wanted and had access to puberty blockers during their youth had a statistically significant lower rate of suicidal thoughts, NBC News reported. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "South Dakota's trans health bill is effectively dead, opponents say," 10 Feb. 2020 In America several states want to ban giving puberty-blocking drugs to children (see article). The Economist, "Pill-pushers What to do about puberty blockers," 30 Jan. 2020 The proposed law, which is expected to go up for a vote in the state’s House of Representatives on Monday, would bar doctors from prescribing hormones or puberty-blocking medication or performing transgender surgeries on anyone under the age of 16. New York Times, "Doctors Could Face Criminal Charges for Treating Transgender Teens," 27 Jan. 2020 Over the next few years, his teachers talked about hygiene, self-esteem, boundaries, bullying and puberty. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Kids learn about sex before seventh grade. We should help them get it right," 14 Jan. 2020 About 25 years ago, a public school in the Baltimore suburbs invited Deborah Roffman to teach a class on puberty to fifth graders. Sarah Carr, The Atlantic, "What Sex Ed Could Be," 13 Jan. 2020 Young attributes the shift to puberty happening a lot sooner for kids than in the past. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why More Men in South Korea Are Getting Plastic Surgery Than Ever Before," 24 Dec. 2019 With puberty, the daemon will eventually settle into a single form that reflects the person’s true nature. Nick Romano, EW.com, "His Dark Materials digi-dictionary: Your guide to the HBO series multiverse," 3 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of puberty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for puberty

Middle English puberte, from Latin pubertas, from puber pubescent

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19 Feb 2020

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“Puberty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puberty. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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puberty

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English Language Learners Definition of puberty

: the period of life when a person's sexual organs mature and he or she becomes able to have children

puberty

noun
pu·​ber·​ty | \ ˈpyü-bər-tē How to pronounce puberty (audio) \

Kids Definition of puberty

: the age at or period during which the body of a boy or girl matures and becomes capable of reproducing

puberty

noun
pu·​ber·​ty | \ ˈpyü-bərt-ē How to pronounce puberty (audio) \
plural puberties

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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