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PUBERTY, civil law. The age in boys after fourteen years until full age, and in girls after twelve years until full age. Ayl. Pand. 63; Hall's Pract. 14; Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. tom. 6, p. 100; Inst. 1, 22; Dig. 1, 7, 40, 1; Code, 5, 60, 3.

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According to Dean, in humans, root growth spurts are just a hangover from an early stage of evolution and we retain molar roots like Homo erectus because the growth spurts use little energy for natural selection to grew them out.
Little is known about the biology of growth spurts," says Michelle Lampl, MD, PhD, Samuel C.
According to the simplest model of inflation, the universe didn't balloon at a constant rate during the early growth spurt.
Acceleration of food intake does not necessarily correspond to growth and may precede or follow the adolescent growth spurt, resulting in altered intake of food contaminants on a body weight basis.
Progesterone, however, could only partially reverse a child's premature sexual development and it did not effect the child's early growth spurt and short adult height.
In contrast, the rodent's brain growth spurt occurs after birth and the non-human primate's occurs before birth, making them less ideal to study and compare to humans," said Johnson.
A NEWLY-discovered galaxy once had a growth spurt just like gangly footballer Peter Crouch, say scientists.
The upgraded forecast comes despite a rise in energy prices and mostly reflects the big growth spurt in the opening quarter of this year.
After scrutinizing the remains of four tyrannosaur species, researchers suggest that the beasts went through a substantial teenage growth spurt.
Over the last two years, the company has realized a 65-per-cent revenue growth spurt thanks largely to an insatiable consumer appetite for teak root benches, tables, carvings and display units.
Rutgers University in Newark is undergoing a major growth spurt.
The life settlement industry is poised for another major growth spurt in the latter half of 2006 as many non-recourse premium financing contracts enter the secondary market, according to life settlement broker John Welcom of Welcome Funds.