virilization

noun

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

Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of virilization was in 1946

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“Virilization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virilization. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

virilization

noun
vir·​il·​iza·​tion
variants also British virilisation
: 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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