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prepuberty

(prē-pyo͞o′bər-tē)
n.
The period of life immediately before puberty, often marked by accelerated physical growth.

pre·pu′ber·tal, pre·pu′ber·al (-bər-əl) adj.

prepuberty

[-pyo̅o̅′bərtē]
Etymology: L, prae + pubertas, maturity
the period immediately before puberty, lasting approximately 2 years. It is characterized by preliminary physical changes, such as accelerated growth and appearance of secondary sex characteristics, that lead to sexual maturity. prepuberal, prepubertal, adj.
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The stages of puberty in girls and boys as defined by Marshall and Tanner (16) were scored by visual assessment of pubic hair and sexual maturation: stage 1 represents prepuberty, stage 2 represents early puberty, stages 3 and 4 represent mid-puberty, and stage 5 represents late puberty.
In many remote rural communities of Africa, it is a traditional practice for families to arrange marriages for their prepuberty girl children.
He seems to be in prepuberty, and sexual desires may have started to make themselves felt, which give rise to guilt feelings in a Lutheran, sex-negative culture.
This review will address the role of physical activity and exercise in promoting peak bone mass in boys and girls in two maturational categories namely, prepuberty and puberty/adolescents.
These animals were sacrificed at prepuberty (PND30), after puberty (PND50), and adulthood (PND110 and PND180).
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