[pyoo-bes-uh nt]


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

Nearby words

  1. pubertal,
  2. puberty,
  3. puberulent,
  4. pubes,
  5. pubescence,
  6. pubic,
  7. pubic angle,
  8. pubic arch,
  9. pubic bone,
  10. pubic crest

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 formspu·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



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 Formspubescence, noun

Word Origin for pubescent

C17: from Latin pūbēscere to reach manhood, from pūber adult

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Word Origin and History for pubescence
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Medicine definitions for pubescence




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




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

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