Pubertas praecox

Alternative names
Precocious puberty

Definition

Precocious puberty is premature development of body characteristics that normally occur during puberty. (Puberty is the period in life when the body changes rapidly and develops reproductive capability). Puberty normally occurs between 13 and 15 years old in boys, and between 9 and 16 years old in girls.

see Precocious puberty.

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Last revised: December 7, 2012
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