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pu·ber·ty

 (pyo͞o′bər-tē)
n.
The stage of adolescence in which an individual becomes physiologically capable of sexual reproduction.

[Middle English puberte, from Old French, from Latin pūbertās, from pūbēs, pūber-, adult.]

pu′ber·tal, pu′ber·al (-bər-əl) adj.

puberty

(ˈpjuːbətɪ)
n
(Biology) the period at the beginning of adolescence when the sex glands become functional and the secondary sexual characteristics emerge. Also called: pubescence
[C14: from Latin pūbertās maturity, from pūber adult]
ˈpubertal adj

pu•ber•ty

(ˈpyu bər ti)

n.
the period of life during which the genital organs mature, secondary sex characteristics develop, and the individual becomes capable of sexual reproduction.
[1350–1400; Middle English puberte < Latin pūbertās adulthood =pūber-, s. of pūbēs grown-up + -tās -ty2]
pu′ber•tal, pu′ber•al, adj.

pu·ber·ty

(pyo͞o′bər-tē)
The stage in the development of humans and other primates marked by maturing of the reproductive organs and by the start of menstruation in females and sperm production in males. During puberty, the production of sex hormones causes other physical changes, including breast development in females and deepening of the voice in males.

puberty

The time in life when someone is becoming sexually mature.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.puberty - the time of life when sex glands become functionalpuberty - the time of life when sex glands become functional
time of life - a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
adolescence - the time period between the beginning of puberty and adulthood

puberty

noun adolescence, teenage, teens, young adulthood, pubescence, awkward age, juvenescence Lucy had reached the age of puberty.
Related words
adjective hebetic

puberty

noun
The time of life between childhood and maturity:
Translations
سِن البُلوغ
puberta
pubertet
serdülõkor
kynòroski, gelgjuskeiî
lytinis subrendimas
pubertāte
puberta

puberty

[ˈpjuːbətɪ] Npubertad f

puberty

[ˈpjuːbərti] npuberté f
to reach puberty → atteindre la puberté

puberty

ndie Pubertät; to reach the age of pubertyins Pubertätsalter or in die Pubertät kommen

puberty

[ˈpjuːbətɪ] npubertà

puberty

(ˈpjuːbəti) noun
the time when a child's body becomes sexually mature.

pu·ber·ty

n. pubertad, adolescencia, desarrollo de las características sexuales secundarias y comienzo de la capacidad reproductiva.

puberty

n pubertad f; precocious — pubertad precoz
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