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

Definition of virilize

transitive verb

1 : 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
2 : to cause or produce virilization in

Other Words from virilize

virilized adjective
virilized females
virilizing adjective
virilizing adrenal tumors [=adrenal tumors that cause virilization]

First Known Use of virilize

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Virilize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for virilize

variants: also British virilise \ ˈvir-​ə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce virilise (audio) \
virilized also British virilised; virilizing also British virilising

Medical Definition of virilize

: to make virile especially : to cause or produce virilization in

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