What is puberty?

  • (noun): The time of life when sex glands become functional.
    Synonyms: pubescence


Puberty is the process of physical changes by which a child's body matures into an adult body capable of sexual reproduction to enable fertilisation. It is initiated by hormonal signals from the brain to the gonads; the ovaries in a girl, the testes in a boy. In response to the signals, the gonads produce hormones that stimulate libido and the growth, function, and transformation of the brain, bones, muscle, blood, skin, hair, breasts, and sexual organs. Physical growth—height and weight—accelerates in the first half of puberty and is completed when the child has developed an adult body. Until the maturation of their reproductive capabilities, the pre-pubertal, physical differences between boys and girls are the genitalia, the penis and the vagina.

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Some articles on puberty:

Male-limited Precocious Puberty
... Familial male-limited precocious puberty, often abbreciated as FMPP, also known as familial sexual precocity or gonadotropin-independent testotoxicosis, is a form of gonadotropin-independ ... Signs of puberty can develop as early as an age of 1 year ...
Klinefelter's Syndrome - Diagnosis
... features may appear in early childhood or, more frequently, during puberty, such as lack of secondary sexual characters and aspermatogenesis, while tall stature as a symptom can be hard ... only a quarter of the affected males are recognized as having Klinefelter syndrome at puberty and 25% received their diagnosis in late adulthood about 64% affected ...
Human Anus - Puberty
... During puberty, as testosterone triggers androgenic hair growth on the body, pubic hair begins to appear around the anus ... Although initially sparse, it fills out by the end of puberty, if not earlier ...
Ashanti People - Family
... a golden ring called "petia" (I love you), if not in childhood, immediately after the puberty ceremony ... important ritual event, but as a state that follows soon and normally after the puberty ritual ... The puberty rite was and is important as it signifies passage from childhood to adulthood in that chastity is encouraged before marriage ...