pubescent

[pyoo-bes-uh nt]
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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
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pubescent

adjective
  1. arriving or having arrived at puberty
  2. (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 pubescent
adj.

1610s, a back-formation from pubescence, or else from French pubescent (early 16c.) or directly from Latin pubescentem (nominative pubescens), present participle of pubescere "to reach puberty" (see pubescence).

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pubescent in Medicine

pubescent

[pyōō-bĕsənt]
adj.
  1. Reaching or having reached puberty.
  2. Covered with fine short hairs.
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