|Also called: pubescence the period at the beginning of adolescence when the sex glands become functional and the secondary sexual characteristics emergeRelated: hebetic|
|[C14: from Latin pūbertās maturity, from pūber adult]|
puberty pu·ber·ty (pyōō'bər-tē)
The stage of adolescence in which an individual becomes physiologically capable of sexual reproduction.
|puberty (py'bər-tē) Pronunciation Key
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.