The period following the onset of puberty during which a young person develops from a child into an adult: Mary spent her childhood and adolescence in Europe during adolescence teenagers often experience violent mood swings
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- Childhood and adolescence are essential periods of your life in which to learn the importance of physical activity.
- Young people who need ongoing specialist care beyond adolescence must transfer to adult services.
- Jenny's adolescence and adult life are, from the outside, quite ordinary.
late Middle English: from French, from Latin adolescentia, from adolescere 'grow to maturity' (see adolescent).