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preadolescence

[pree-ad-l-es-uh ns]
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noun
  1. the period preceding adolescence, usually designated as the years from 10 to 13.
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Origin of preadolescence

First recorded in 1925–30; pre- + adolescence
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Related Words

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Historical Examples

  • The same principles should carry over into the intermediate, or preadolescence, age.

    How to Teach Religion

    George Herbert Betts


preadolescence in Medicine

preadolescence

(prē′ăd-l-ĕsəns)
n.
  1. The period of childhood just preceding the onset of puberty, often designated as between the ages of 10 and 12 in girls and 11 and 13 in boys.
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