Puberty is the point in life when an adolescent becomes able to sexually reproduce.
An example of puberty is a girl beginning to menstruate.
the stage of physical development when secondary sex characteristics develop and sexual reproduction first becomes possible: in common law, the age of puberty is generally fixed at fourteen for boys and twelve for girls
Origin of pubertyMiddle English puberte ; from Classical Latin pubertas ; from puber, of ripe age, adult, probably akin to puer, boy
The stage of adolescence in which an individual becomes physiologically capable of sexual reproduction.
Origin of pubertyMiddle English puberte, from Old French, from Latin pūbertās, from pūbēs, pūber-, adult.
- pu′ber·tal, pu′ber·al
- The age at which a person is first capable of sexual reproduction.