[ pyoo-ber-tee ]
/ ˈpyu bər ti /


the period or age at which a person is first capable of sexual reproduction of offspring: in common law, presumed to be 14 years in the male and 12 years in the female.

Words nearby puberty

Origin of puberty

1350–1400; Middle English puberte < Latin pūbertās adulthood, equivalent to pūber-, stem of pūbēs grown-up + -tās -ty2


post·pu·ber·ty, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for puberty

/ (ˈpjuːbətɪ) /


the period at the beginning of adolescence when the sex glands become functional and the secondary sexual characteristics emergeAlso called: pubescence Related adjective: hebetic

Derived forms of puberty

pubertal, adjective

Word Origin for puberty

C14: from Latin pūbertās maturity, from pūber adult
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Medical definitions for puberty

[ pyōōbər-tē ]


The stage of adolescence in which an individual becomes physiologically capable of sexual reproduction.
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Scientific definitions for puberty

[ pyōōbər-tē ]

The stage in the development of humans and other primates marked by the development of secondary sex characteristics, including menarche in females. In humans, puberty occurs at the onset of adolescence, between the ages of about 11 and 14 in girls and 13 and 16 in boys.
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