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puberty

[pyoo-ber-tee] /ˈpyu bər ti/
noun
1.
the period or age at which a person is first capable of sexual reproduction of offspring: in common law, presumed to be 14 years in the male and 12 years in the female.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English puberte < Latin pūbertās adulthood, equivalent to pūber-, stem of pūbēs grown-up + -tās -ty2
Related forms
postpuberty, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for postpuberty

puberty

/ˈpjuːbətɪ/
noun
1.
the period at the beginning of adolescence when the sex glands become functional and the secondary sexual characteristics emerge Also called pubescence, related adjective hebetic
Derived Forms
pubertal, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin pūbertās maturity, from pūber adult
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Word Origin and History for postpuberty

puberty

n.

"the time of life in which the two sexes begin first to be acquainted" [Johnson], late 14c., from Old French puberté and directly from Latin pubertatem (nominative pubertas) "age of maturity, manhood," from pubes (genitive pubertis) "adult, full-grown, manly." Related: Puberal; pubertal.

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postpuberty in Medicine

puberty pu·ber·ty (pyōō'bər-tē)
n.
The stage of adolescence in which an individual becomes physiologically capable of sexual reproduction.

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postpuberty in Science
puberty
  (py'bər-tē)   
The stage in the development of humans and other primates marked by the development of secondary sex characteristics, including menarche in females. In humans, puberty occurs at the onset of adolescence, between the ages of about 11 and 14 in girls and 13 and 16 in boys.
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