the period preceding adolescence, usually designated as the years from 10 to 13.

1925–30; pre- + adolescence Unabridged
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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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Normally, adolescence tends to increase the emotional upheaval of preadolescence.
Students will describe how physical, social and emotional changes occur during preadolescence.
Students will describe physical, social and emotional changes that occur during preadolescence.
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