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tr.v. de·fem·i·nized, de·fem·i·niz·ing, de·fem·i·niz·es
To divest of feminine traits, qualities, or characteristics.

de·fem′i·ni·za′tion (-nĭ-zā′shən) n.


(diːˈfɛmɪˌnaɪz) or


vb (tr)
1. to divest (a person) of feminine qualities
2. (Veterinary Science) to remove the ovaries of (a woman or female animal)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.defeminize - remove the ovaries of (female mammals such as cats)
neuter, spay, castrate, alter - remove the ovaries of; "Is your cat spayed?"
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In politics "woman" is the subject of experience--the denatured, defeminized subject--that measures the gap between an acknowledged part (that of sexual complementarity) and having no part.
We have seen this manifested in such diverse contexts as the puritan Christian soldier standing upright against a hostile world, the muscular fundamentalist fighting bravely liberalism, or the defeminized women doctors whose professional lives may impede marriage.
The brain differentiation pattern in heterosexual men is speculated to be defeminized and masculinized, and the pattern in heterosexual women is speculated to be feminized and unmasculinized (Ellis & Ames, 1987; Pillard & Weinrich, 1987).
However, in male-oriented rams, it appears that LH secretion pattern is indistinguishable from that of female-oriented rams and that both are defeminized compared to ewes, suggesting that sexual attraction is not related to organizational differences in the hypophyseal portal system (Stormshak, Estill, Resko, & Roselli, 2008).
During the fetal and early prenatal stages of development portions of the brain that regulate sexual behavior either remain feminine in the case of females or become defeminized (suppression of a behavior that is characteristically female) and/or masculinized (acquisition of a behavior that is characteristically male) in the case of males.