pubescent

adjective
pu·​bes·​cent | \ pyü-ˈbe-sᵊnt How to pronounce pubescent (audio) \

Definition of pubescent

1a : arriving at or having reached puberty
b : of or relating to puberty
2 : covered with fine soft short hairs — compare villous

Examples of pubescent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hormone treatment is not recommended for pre-pubescent children. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 Hormone treatment is not recommended for pre-pubescent children. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 Some of the children were pre-pubescent minors, the release said. Jane Florance, The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2022 Porter had a cell phone, four hard drives plus a laptop with pornographic images of a pre-pubescent minor and another minor under 12, the FBI said. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, 9 Apr. 2022 Hormone treatment is not recommended for pre-pubescent children. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 Hormone treatment is not recommended for pre-pubescent children. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 Hormone treatment is not recommended for pre-pubescent children. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2022 Some of the images reportedly were of pre-pubescent children. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pubescent

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pubescent

Latin pubescent-, pubescens, present participle of pubescere to reach puberty, become covered as with hair, from pubes

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The first known use of pubescent was in 1646

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12 May 2022

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“Pubescent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pubescent. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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pubescent

adjective
pu·​bes·​cent | \ -ᵊnt How to pronounce pubescent (audio) \

Medical Definition of pubescent

1 : arriving at or having reached puberty
2 : of or relating to puberty

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