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In developmental psychology physical maturity is an age related concept and is said to occur where the level of physical development is commensurate with a given age level. So for example we might say that a 12 year old is physically mature for their age.
This is a different use of the term from everyday usage where it might refer to reaching the peak of physical development, say in the early 20's.
Assessment[edit | edit source]
Assessment of physical maturity takes into account a number of characterisitcs simultaneously so a variety of developmental measures have been devised.