virilization

noun
vir·​il·​iza·​tion | \ ˌvir-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce virilization (audio) \

Definition of virilization

: the production of male secondary sex characteristics (such as facial hair) in a female also : the masculinization especially of the urogenital tract of a developing female fetus

First Known Use of virilization

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Virilization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virilization. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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virilization

noun
vir·​il·​iza·​tion
variants: also British virilisation \ ˌvir-​ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce virilization (audio) \

Medical Definition of virilization

: the production of male secondary sex characteristics (as facial hair) in a female also : the masculinization especially of the genitourinary tract of a developing female fetus

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