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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.
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Adj.1.pubertal - of or related to puberty
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Of the patients, 21 (53.8%) and 18 (46.2%) were in the prepubertal and pubertal period, respectively.
The subjects were evaluated in five stages according to their pubertal period and Tanner and Marshall staging was used for evaluation (7).
During the pubertal period, the median testosterone level was found to be within normal ranges when the median LH and FSH levels began to increase, which indicated gonadal failure (Table 3).
The homeostatic model assessment-insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) was considered positive if the value was over 2.67 (sensitivity 88.2%, specificity 65.5%) in boys and 2.22 (sensitivity 100%, specificity 42.3%) in girls in the prepubertal period, and 5.22 (sensitivity 56%, specificity 93.3%) in boys and 3.82 (sensitivity 77.1%, specificity 71.4%) in girls in the pubertal period.15
Cr VI exposure can cause significant damage to pubertal development through alteration of antioxidants, anaemia, and altered hormone levels in utero through pubertal period. Induction of oxidative stress can be one of the mechanisms, causing Cr VI based cellular deteriorations.
The pubertal period (p=0.0001), the presence of obese individuals in the family (p=0.021), and watching television for more than 3 h per day (p=0.0001) were found to be risk factors for childhood obesity.
The main type of activity for the pubertal period is the school training in terms of diversification of motivations, personality development, mobilizing skills and bio-motor full potential.
16 of the cases exhibited an increment in growth that synchronously had occurred later to the pubertal period. On the other hand, three cases showed a small sinus growth that it was not clearly correlated to the body height (Table 2).