Pubertal development

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Prior to puberty, boys and girls are relatively similar in terms of body composition. However, by the end of puberty, a striking sexual dimorphism exists between mature males and females. Mature males are taller, have more skeletal and bone mass, and have less body fat than females. These changes are governed largely by hormonal factors, but environment and genetic factors are also important.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Reproduction
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780128151457
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Body composition
  • Bone density
  • Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA)
  • Estradiol
  • Fat mass
  • Growth
  • Growth hormone
  • Lean body mass
  • Leptin
  • Obesity
  • Puberty
  • Tanner stages
  • Testosterone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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