virilism

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.

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vir·il·ism 'vir-ə-.liz-əm n
1) precocious development of secondary sex characteristics in the male
2) the appearance of secondary sex characteristics of the male in a female

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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.

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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 — [vir′əliz΄əm] n. [< VIRILE + ISM] Med. the development of secondary male sex characteristics in a woman …   English World dictionary

  • virilism — noun Date: 1922 the appearance of secondary male characteristics (as facial hair) in the female …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • virilism — /vir euh liz euhm/, n. a female disorder in which there is development of secondary male sexual characteristics, as hirsutism and lowered voice, caused by various conditions affecting hormone regulation. [1895 1900; VIRILE + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • 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

  • virilism — vir•il•ism [[t]ˈvɪr əˌlɪz əm[/t]] n. pat the condition in a female of having male secondary sex characteristics • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang

  • virilism — /ˈvɪrəlɪzəm/ (say viruhlizuhm) noun hermaphroditism in which a female has certain minor sexual characteristics resembling those of a male, as a deep voice, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • virilism — n. Med. the development of secondary male characteristics in a female or precociously in a male …   Useful english dictionary

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