Thelarche
The beginnings of breast development at puberty. Thelarche is now a normal event at an earlier age (e.g., age 8) than in the past. The term thelarche comes from two Greek words: "thele," nipple + "arche," beginning. Thelarche is frequently (and incorrectly) written without the "h" as telarche.
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The beginning of development of the breasts in the female. [thel- + G. arche, beginning]

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the·lar·che thē-'lär-kē n the beginning of breast development at the onset of puberty <premature \thelarche>

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n.
the process of breast development, which occurs as a normal part of puberty. Isolated premature breast development in girls is not uncommon and is almost always benign.

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the·lar·che (the-lahrґke) [thel- + Gr. archē beginning] the beginning of development of the breasts at puberty.

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