virilize


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vir·il·i·za·tion

 (vîr′ə-lĭ-zā′shən)
n.
Development of male secondary sexual characteristics.

vir′il·ize′ (-ə-līz′) v.

virilize

(ˈvɪrɪˌlaɪz) or

virilise

vb (tr)
(Medicine) (of medicines, drugs, etc) to cause male characteristics such as a deep voice and facial hair to appear in (a female); to masculinize

vi•ril•ize

(ˈvaɪ rəˌlaɪz)
v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to induce or promote the development of male secondary sex characteristics in (a female); masculinize.
vi`ril•i•za′tion, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.virilize - produce virilism in or cause to assume masculine characteristics, as through a hormonal imbalance or hormone therapyvirilize - produce virilism in or cause to assume masculine characteristics, as through a hormonal imbalance or hormone therapy; "the drugs masculinized the teenage girl"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
masculinize - give a masculine appearance or character to; "Fashion designers have masculinized women's looks in the 1990s"
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In the early twentieth century, churchmen such as Warren Conant sought to virilize Jesus in the hopes of bringing men back to the church.
The physician determines that the boy had a 46XX karyotype, both a uterus and ovaries, and severe congenital adrenal hyperplasia, which caused the child to virilize in utero.