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Development of male secondary sexual characteristics.

vir′il·ize′ (-ə-līz′) v.


(ˌvɪrɪlaɪˈzeɪʃən) or


(Physiology) the development of adult male physical characteristics in a female or a young boy
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Noun1.virilization - the abnormal development of male sexual characteristics in a female (usually as the result of hormone therapies or adrenal malfunction)virilization - the abnormal development of male sexual characteristics in a female (usually as the result of hormone therapies or adrenal malfunction)
growing, growth, ontogenesis, ontogeny, maturation, development - (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"


n. virilización, masculinización, proceso por el cual se desarrollan en la mujer características masculinas gen. debido a un trastorno hormonal o al suplemento artificial de hormonas masculinas.


n virilización f
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Testosterone's major adverse effects include virilization (oily skin, acne, hirsutism, alopecia, deep voice), liver toxicity, polycythemia, breast carcinoma, and unfavorable changes in cardiovascular risk markers such as reduction in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol or insulin sensitivity.
Hormonal evaluation of women with virilization or irregular menses should be strongly considered before initiation of oral contraceptive therapy for acne, she added.
Hyperandrogenism manifests in females as hirsutism, acne, frontal and temporal balding, deepening voice, increased muscle mass, decreased breast size, and in severe cases, virilization involving clitoromegaly (Marshall, 2001).
SAN FRANCISCO -- Prenatal treatment of congenital adrenal hyperplasia with dexamethasone effectively reduced virilization of the genitalia in female infants with few, mostly mild effects on the mothers, according to one of the largest series of such cases ever reported.
Many patients have symptoms of virilization due to the presence of androgen element in tumor.
Testosterone produced by Leydig cells subsequently induces virilization of the Wolffian ducts into epididymides, vasa deferentia and seminal vesicles.
The goal of treatment should be to increase sexual desire without producing the side effects of hirsutism, acne, or virilization.
Multinucleated tumor giant cells are found in rare hepatoblastomas, sometimes associated with HCG production and clinical virilization.
Cancer can also cause virilization, so androgen levels should be measured in the tests to rule out a tumor.
Secondary causes of hyperandrogenism may be suggested by clinical findings, including 1) abrupt onset, short duration, or sudden progressive worsening of hirsutism; 2) onset of symptoms in the third decade of life or later; or 3) signs of virilization (deepening voice, clitoromegaly).
If hyperandrogenism is suspected in females with acne based on signs of virilization, menstrual irregularities, infertility, or obesity, screening blood levels of free testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) may be obtained.