[vir-uh-liz-uh m]
  1. 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.

Origin of virilism

First recorded in 1895–1900; virile + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for virilism


  1. med the abnormal development in a woman of male secondary sex characteristics
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virilism in Medicine


  1. The presence of male secondary sexual characteristics in a female.
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