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pubescent

[pyoo-bes-uh nt] /pyuˈbɛs ənt/
adjective
1.
arriving or arrived at puberty.
2.
Botany, Zoology. covered with down or fine short hair.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin pūbēscent- (stem of pūbēscēns), present participle of pūbēscere to attain puberty, reach puberty, become hairy or downy. See pubes1, -escent
Related forms
pubescence, pubescency, noun
subpubescent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pubescence

pubescent

/pjuːˈbɛsənt/
adjective
1.
arriving or having arrived at puberty
2.
(of certain plants and animals or their parts) covered with a layer of fine short hairs or down
Derived Forms
pubescence, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pūbēscere to reach manhood, from pūber adult
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Word Origin and History for pubescence
n.

early 15c., Middle French pubescence, from Medieval Latin pubescentia, noun of state from Latin pubescentem (nominative pubescens), present participle of pubescere "grow up; ripen, come to maturity; reach the age of puberty, arrive at puberty," from pubes "adult, full-grown" (see puberty).

pubescent

adj.

1610s, a back-formation from pubescence, or else from French pubescent (early 16c.) or directly from Latin pubescentem (nominative pubescens), present participle of pubescere "to reach puberty" (see pubescence).

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pubescence in Medicine

pubescence pu·bes·cence (pyōō-běs'əns)
n.

  1. The state of being pubescent.

  2. The attainment or onset of puberty.

  3. The presence of downy or fine short hair.

pubescent pu·bes·cent (pyōō-běs'ənt)
adj.

  1. Reaching or having reached puberty.

  2. Covered with fine short hairs.

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