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’
‘The legendary sensitivity of adolescence is a kind of self-absorption.’
‘Young people who need ongoing specialist care beyond adolescence must transfer to adult services.’
‘Puberty is the first phase of adolescence, the time when sexual maturity becomes evident.’
‘Acne appears around the onset of puberty and runs a variable course till adolescence is over.’