[ mas-kyuh-luh-nahyz ]
/ ˈmæs kyə ləˌnaɪz /

verb (used with object), mas·cu·lin·ized, mas·cu·lin·iz·ing.

Medicine/Medical. to produce certain male secondary sex characteristics in (a female).
to make masculine in character, quality, or appearance: The presence of two large leather sofas seemed to masculinize the whole room.
Also especially British, mas·cu·lin·ise.

Origin of masculinize

First recorded in 1920–25; masculine + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM masculinize

mas·cu·lin·i·za·tion, nounde·mas·cu·lin·i·za·tion, nounde·mas·cu·lin·ize, verb (used with object), de·mas·cu·lin·ized, de·mas·cu·lin·iz·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for masculinize



/ (ˈmæskjʊlɪnˌaɪz) /


to make or become masculine, esp to cause (a woman) to show male secondary sexual characteristics as a result of taking steroids

Derived forms of masculinize

masculinization or masculinisation, noun
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Medical definitions for masculinize

[ măskyə-lə-nīz′ ]


To give a masculine appearance or character to.
To cause a female to assume masculine characteristics, as through hormonal imbalance.

Other words from masculinize

mas′cu•lin•i•zation (-lə-nĭ-zāshən) n.
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