[ pyoo-bes-uh nt ]
/ pyuˈbɛs ənt /


arriving or arrived at puberty.
Botany, Zoology. covered with down or fine short hair.

Origin of pubescent

1640–50; < Latin pūbēscent- (stem of pūbēscēns), present participle of pūbēscere to attain puberty, reach puberty, become hairy or downy. See pubes1, -escent

Related forms

pu·bes·cence, pu·bes·cen·cy, nounsub·pu·bes·cent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pubescence


/ (pjuːˈbɛsənt) /


arriving or having arrived at puberty
(of certain plants and animals or their parts) covered with a layer of fine short hairs or down

Derived Forms

pubescence, noun

Word Origin for pubescent

C17: from Latin pūbēscere to reach manhood, from pūber adult
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Medicine definitions for pubescence (1 of 2)


[ pyōō-bĕsəns ]


The state of being pubescent.
The attainment or onset of puberty.
The presence of downy or fine short hair.

Medicine definitions for pubescence (2 of 2)


[ pyōō-bĕsənt ]


Reaching or having reached puberty.
Covered with fine short hairs.
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