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virilization

Line breaks: vir¦il|iza|tion
Pronunciation: /ˌvɪrɪlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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(also virilisation)

Definition of virilization in English:

noun

[mass noun] Medicine
The development of male physical characteristics (such as muscle bulk, body hair, and deep voice) in a female or precociously in a boy, typically as a result of excess androgen production: excessive growth of body hair is a common symptom of virilization
More example sentences
  • Administration of glucocorticoids inhibits excessive production of androgens, prevents progressive virilization, and stabilizes renin levels.
  • Clinical clues to possible hyperandrogenism in women include dysmenorrhea, virilization, and severe acne.
  • Patients are often concerned about the physical manifestations of this disorder, including virilization and acanthosis nigricans, and may be less aware of systemic problems.

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