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Puberty (cont.)

Definitions of Puberty Terminology

Characteristic physical changes occur during puberty. These include

  1. Adrenarche: activation of the adrenal glands whose hormonal stimulation is partially responsible for onset of body odor, increase in sweat rate, increase in skin oil production, acne and (to some degree) facial hair growth in both genders
  2. Pubarche: the appearance of pubic hair
  3. Thelarche: the appearance of breast tissue
  4. Menarche: the first menstrual bleeding

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