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[pree-ad-l-es-uh ns] /ˌpri æd lˈɛs əns/
the period preceding adolescence, usually designated as the years from 10 to 13.
Origin of preadolescence
1925-30; pre- + adolescence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The same principles should carry over into the intermediate, or preadolescence, age.

    How to Teach Religion George Herbert Betts
preadolescence in Medicine

preadolescence pre·ad·o·les·cence (prē'ād-l-ěs'əns)
The period between childhood and the onset of puberty, often designated as between the ages of 10 and 12 in girls and 11 and 13 in boys.

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