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adolescence

[ ad-l-es-uhns ]
/ ˌæd lˈɛs əns /
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noun
the transitional period between puberty and adulthood in human development, extending mainly over the teen years and terminating legally when the age of majority is reached; youth.
the process or state of growing to maturity.
a period or stage of development, as of a society, preceding maturity.
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Origin of adolescence

1400–50; late Middle English <Middle French <Latin adolēscentia.See adolescent, -ence

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH adolescence

adolescence , adolescents
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British Dictionary definitions for adolescence

adolescence
/ (ˌædəˈlɛsəns) /

noun
the period in human development that occurs between the beginning of puberty and adulthood

Word Origin for adolescence

C15: via Old French from Latin adolēscentia, from adolēscere to grow up, from alēscere to grow, from alēre to feed, nourish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for adolescence

adolescence
[ ăd′l-ĕsəns ]

n.
The period of physical and psychological development from the onset of puberty to complete growth and maturity.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for adolescence

adolescence
[ ăd′l-ĕsəns ]

The period of physical and psychological development from puberty to the onset of adulthood.
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