Definition of secondary sexual characteristic in English:

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secondary sexual characteristic

Pronunciation: /ˈsekənˌderē ˈsekSH(əw)əl ˈˌker(ə)ktəˈristik/


Any physical characteristic developing at puberty which distinguishes between the sexes but is not directly involved in reproduction.
Example sentences
  • Male secondary sexual characteristics develop normally in puberty, although the testicles typically are small.
  • During puberty the sexual organs mature, the secondary sexual characteristics (such as breasts and body hair) develop and reproduction becomes possible.
  • I wonder if there's a similar study of whether young boys are developing secondary sexual characteristics at comparable ages?

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Syllabification: sec·ond·ar·y sex·u·al char·ac·ter·is·tic

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