Definitions for: Puberty


[n] the time of life when sex glands become functional



Webster (1913) Definition: Pu"ber*ty, n. [L. pubertas, fr. puber, pubes, adult:
cf. F. pubert['e].]
1. The earliest age at which persons are capable of begetting
or bearing children, usually considered, in temperate
climates, to be about fourteen years in males and twelve
in females.

2. (Bot.) The period when a plant first bears flowers.

Synonyms: pubescence

See Also: adolescence, time of life

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