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thelarche

 [the-lahr´ke]
beginning of development of the breast at puberty.

the·lar·che

(thē-lar'kē), Avoid the mispronunciation the'larche.
The beginning of development of the breasts in the female.
[thel- + G. archē, beginning]

thelarche

/the·lar·che/ (the-lahr´ke) the beginning of development of the breasts at puberty.

thelarche

[thilär′kē]
Etymology: Gk, thele, nipple, archaios, beginning
the beginning of female pubertal breast development, normally occurring between 9 and 13 years of age. Thelarche occurs before puberty at the beginning of the phase of rapid growth. Premature thelarche is precocious breast development in a female without other evidence of sexual maturation. Compare menarche.

thelarche

Gynecology Peripubertal enlargement of the breasts

the·lar·che

(thē-lahr'kē)
The beginning of development of the breasts in the female.
[thel- + G. archē, beginning]
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She carefully traces the complex and interlocking relationships between puberty, which includes the advent of breast buds, pubic hair and menarche (first menstruation), with physiological, psychological and environmental (nutritional, chemical) conditions, and the consequences for the maturation process of our young women.
With great relief, I watched her breast buds recede over the next month.
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Usually all that remains are two breast buds on the upper half of the chest but, occasionally, rudimentary mammary glands develop at some point along the milk line, forming an additional nipple.