virilize

verb vir·il·ize \ ˈvir-ə-ˌlīz \

Definition of virilize

virilized; virilizing
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

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

transitive verb vir·il·ize
variants: also British virilise play \ˈvir-ə-ˌlīz\

medical Definition of virilize

virilized also British virilised; virilizing also British virilising
: to make virile; especially : to cause or produce virilism in

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