virilism

[ vir-uh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈvɪr əˌlɪz əm /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. viridescent,
  2. viridian,
  3. viridity,
  4. virile,
  5. virilescence,
  6. virility,
  7. virilization,
  8. virilocal,
  9. virino,
  10. virion

Origin of virilism

First recorded in 1895–1900; virile + -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for virilism

virilism

/ (ˈvɪrɪˌlɪzəm) /

noun

med the abnormal development in a woman of male secondary sex characteristics
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Medicine definitions for virilism

virilism

[ vîrə-lĭz′əm ]

n.

The presence of male secondary sexual characteristics in a female.

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