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.
Definition of virilization in:
- The US English dictionary