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- noun A stage of
maturationof the cortexof the human adrenal glands, related to puberty, typically occurring between the ages of six and ten years and involving both structuraland functionalchanges.
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- noun the increase in activity of the adrenal glands just before puberty
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When puberty (which can be described as adrenarche or menarche) occurs (it's getting ever earlier with a combination of abundant nutrition and environmental factors), THEN meiosis begins to form eggs (in the female) and sperm (in the male).
During the physiological process of adrenarche, the adrenal glands of healthy children secrete increasing amounts of weak androgenic steroids partly metabolized to potent sex steroids.
Premature adrenarche leads to polycystic ovary syndrome?