Definitions for virilization
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
vi•ril•izeˈvaɪ rəˌlaɪz(v.t.)-ized, -iz•ing.
to induce or promote the development of male secondary sex characteristics in (a female); masculinize.
masculinization, masculinisation, virilization, virilisation(noun)
the abnormal development of male sexual characteristics in a female (usually as the result of hormone therapies or adrenal malfunction)
Development of the sex characteristics that are typically found in men.
In biology and medicine, virilization refers to the biological development of sex differences, changes that make a male body different from a female body. Most of the changes of virilization are produced by androgens. Virilization is most commonly used in three medical and biology of gender contexts: prenatal sexual differentiation, the postnatal changes of normal male puberty, and excessive androgen effects in girls or women.
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