• William A. Marshall
  • James M. Tanner


In this chapter the word “puberty” refers collectively to the morphological and physiological changes that occur in the growing boy or girl as the gonads change from the infantile to the adult state. These changes involve nearly all the organs and structures of the body but they do not begin at the same age nor take the same length of time to reach completion in all individuals. Puberty is not complete until the individual has the physical capacity to conceive and successfully rear children.


Sexual Maturation Pubic Hair Peak Height Velocity Adolescent Growth Spurt Axillary Hair 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William A. Marshall
    • 1
  • James M. Tanner
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human SciencesUniversity of TechnologyLoughborough, LeicestershireEngland
  2. 2.Department of Growth and Development, Institute of Child HealthUniversity of LondonLondonEngland

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