Definitions for pubertyˈpyu bər ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pu•ber•tyˈpyu bər ti(n.)

  1. the period of life during which the genital organs mature, secondary sex characteristics develop, and the individual becomes capable of sexual reproduction.

    Category: Developmental Biology

Origin of puberty:

1350–1400; ME puberte < L pūbertās adulthood =pūber-, s. of pūbēs grown-up +-tās -ty2

pu′ber•tal(adj.)

pu′ber•al(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. puberty, pubescence(noun)

    the time of life when sex glands become functional

Wiktionary

  1. puberty(Noun)

    the age at which a person is first capable of sexual reproduction

  2. Origin: From puberte, from pubertas, from pubes, puber

Webster Dictionary

  1. Puberty(noun)

    the earliest age at which persons are capable of begetting or bearing children, usually considered, in temperate climates, to be about fourteen years in males and twelve in females

  2. Puberty(noun)

    the period when a plant first bears flowers

Freebase

  1. Puberty

    Puberty is the process of physical changes by which a child's body matures into an adult body capable of sexual reproduction to enable fertilisation. It is initiated by hormonal signals from the brain to the gonads; the ovaries in a girl, the testes in a boy. In response to the signals, the gonads produce hormones that stimulate libido and the growth, function, and transformation of the brain, bones, muscle, blood, skin, hair, breasts, and sexual organs. Physical growth—height and weight—accelerates in the first half of puberty and is completed when the child has developed an adult body. Until the maturation of their reproductive capabilities, the pre-pubertal, physical differences between boys and girls are the genitalia, the penis and the vagina. On average, girls begin puberty at ages 10–11; boys at ages 11–12. Girls usually complete puberty by ages 15–17, while boys usually complete puberty by ages 16–17. The major landmark of puberty for females is menarche, the onset of menstruation, which occurs on average between ages 12–13; for males, it is the first ejaculation, which occurs on average at age 13. In the 21st century, the average age at which children, especially girls, reach puberty is lower compared to the 19th century, when it was 15 for girls and 16 for boys. This can be due to any number of factors, including improved nutrition resulting in rapid body growth, increased weight and fat deposition, or exposure to endocrine disruptors such as xenoestrogens, which can at times be due to food consumption or other environmental factors. Puberty which starts earlier than usual is known as precocious puberty. Puberty which starts later than usual is known as delayed puberty.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Puberty

    A period in the human life in which the development of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal system takes place and reaches full maturity. The onset of synchronized endocrine events in puberty lead to the capacity for reproduction (FERTILITY), development of secondary SEX CHARACTERISTICS, and other changes seen in ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

puberty(noun)

the time when a child's body becomes sexually mature.

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