vir·​il·​ize ˈvir-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce virilize (audio)
virilized; virilizing

transitive verb

: to make virile
You almost have to commend the writers for resisting the urge to virilize her even further, with a name like Sam or Hunter.Ginia Bellafante
: to cause or produce virilization in
virilized adjective
virilized females
virilizing adjective
virilizing adrenal tumors [=adrenal tumors that cause virilization]

Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of virilize was in 1894

Dictionary Entries Near virilize

Cite this Entry

“Virilize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
variants also British virilise
virilized also British virilised; virilizing also British virilising
: to make virile
especially : to cause or produce virilization in
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!