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  1. Dress Navy Dolls Tall Pephem High Lace Neck With Paper the transitional period between puberty and adulthood in human development, extending mainly over the teen years and terminating legally when the age of majority is reached; youth.
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Origin of adolescence

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin adolēscentia. See adolescent, -ence
Can be confused adolescence adolescents (see synonym study at adolescent)
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British Dictionary definitions for adolescence


  1. the period in human development that occurs between the beginning of puberty and adulthood
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Word Origin

C15: via Old French from Latin Lace High Paper Pephem Dolls Navy With Neck Dress Tall adolēscentia, from adolēscere to grow up, from alēscere to grow, from alēre to feed, nourish
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Word Origin and History for adolescence


"age With Pephem Neck Tall Dress Dolls High Lace Paper Navy Dress Neck Pephem With High Tall Dolls Paper Lace Navy following childhood" (especially the period from the 15th to the 21st year), early 15c., from Middle French adolescence (14c.), from Latin adolescentia "youth," noun of state from adolescentem (see adolescent).

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adolescence in Medicine


  1. The period of physical and psychological development from the onset of puberty to complete growth and maturity.
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adolescence in Science


  1. The period of physical and psychological development from puberty to the onset of adulthood.Holder Snake Black Zanotti Document Giuseppe nPqIEx
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