the time of life when sex glands become functional
the age at which a person is first capable of sexual reproduction
Origin: From puberte, from pubertas, from pubes, puber
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
the period when a plant first bears flowers
Origin: [L. pubertas, fr. puber, pubes, adult: cf. F. pubert.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pū′bėr-ti, n. the age of full development: early manhood or womanhood: the period when a plant begins to flower.—adjs. Pū′beral; Pūber′ulent, covered with very fine downy hairs.—ns. Pū′bes, the pubic region, the hair growing thereon at puberty; Pūbes′cence, state of one arrived at puberty: (bot.) the soft, short hair on plants.—adj. Pūbes′cent, arriving at puberty: (bot., zool.) covered with soft, short hair; Pubig′erous, pubescent. [Fr. puberté—L. pubertas, -tatis—pubes, puber, grown up.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
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.
The numerical value of puberty in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of puberty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I would love to be in Alexander's head just for a few hours, he's having a hard time going through puberty right now.
I knew that girls suffered a confidence crisis at puberty but had no idea we would see such strong stereotypes played out and such a dramatic shift at puberty.
The reason people start to go bald is because, especially in men, the testosterone that is released in puberty shuts down some of the hair follicles on the top of the scalp.
Puberty blockers allow those changes to be put on hold and gives kids and families time to think through the consequences, benefits and alternatives of their choices and options.
We ca n’t control the timing of puberty in kids, but we do know that excess weight is associated with an earlier onset of puberty in girls, it is important for parents to help their children maintain a healthy weight.
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- بلوغ, سن البلوغArabic
- pubertatCatalan, Valencian
- Geschlechtsreife, PubertätGerman
- murrosikä, puberteetti, varhaismurrosikäFinnish
- pubertetur, kynsbúningFaroese
- serdülőkor, pubertásHungarian
- גיל ההתבגרותHebrew
- pubertetNorwegian Nynorsk
- dojrzewanie płciowePolish
- половое созревание, половая зрелостьRussian
- статева зрілістьUkrainian
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