- Possession of mature masculine somatic characteristics by a girl, woman, or prepubescent male; may be present at birth or may appear later, depending on its cause; may be relatively mild (e.g., hirsutism) or severe and is commonly the result of gonadal or adrenocortical dysfunction, or of androgenic therapy. [L. virilis, masculine]- adrenal v. v. produced by excessive or abnormal secretory patterns of adrenocortical steroids. SYN: adrenal virilizing syndrome.
* * *vir·il·ism 'vir-ə-.liz-əm n1) precocious development of secondary sex characteristics in the male2) the appearance of secondary sex characteristics of the male in a female
* * *n.the development in a female of a combination of increased body hair, muscle bulk, and deepening of the voice (masculinization) and male psychological characteristics.
* * *vir·i·lism (virґĭ-liz-əm) the development or possession of male secondary sex characters in a female or prepubertal male. Cf. masculinization.
Medical dictionary. 2011.
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virilism — noun Date: 1922 the appearance of secondary male characteristics (as facial hair) in the female … New Collegiate Dictionary
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virilism — n. appearance of male characteristics in a woman … English contemporary dictionary
virilism — vir·il·ism … English syllables
virilism — n. the development in a female of a combination of increased body hair, muscle bulk, and deepening of the voice (masculinization) and male psychological characteristics … The new mediacal dictionary
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virilism — n. Med. the development of secondary male characteristics in a female or precociously in a male … Useful english dictionary