secondary sex characteristic

noun

Definition of secondary sex characteristic

: a physical characteristic (such as the breasts of a female mammal or the breeding plumage of a male bird) that appears in members of one sex at puberty or in seasonal breeders at the breeding season and is not directly concerned with reproduction

called also secondary sexual characteristic

First Known Use of secondary sex characteristic

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Secondary sex characteristic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sex%20characteristic. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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secondary sex characteristic

noun

Medical Definition of secondary sex characteristic

: a physical characteristic (as the breasts of a female mammal or the nuptial plumage of a male bird) that appears in members of one sex at puberty or in seasonal breeders at the breeding season and is not directly concerned with reproduction

called also secondary sex character, secondary sexual characteristic

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