secondary sex characteristic

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secondary sex characteristic

n.
Any of various physical characteristics that differ between the sexes but do not have a direct reproductive function, appearing in humans at puberty and in other animals at sexual maturity or during the mating season. Also called secondary sexual characteristic.

sec′ondary sex′ characteris`tic



n.
any of a number of manifestations, as breasts or a beard, specific to each sex and incipient at puberty but not essential to reproduction.
[1925–30]

secondary sex characteristic

Any of the physical traits in a sexually mature animal that are not directly involved in the act of reproducing. They include breast development in female primates, facial-hair growth in young men, the growth of antlers in antelopes, and colorful plumage in male birds. The appearance of secondary sex characteristics is determined by the sex hormones.
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Noun1.secondary sex characteristic - the genetically determined sex characteristics that are not functionally necessary for reproduction (pitch of the voice and body hair and musculature)
sex character, sex characteristic, sexual characteristic - those characteristics (both anatomical and psychological) that are strongly associated with one sex relative to the other
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On physical examination, the patient was phenotypically female, height 178 cm, weight 72 kg, with normal secondary sexual characteristics (pubic and axillary hair present, breast development Tanner stage IV).
Other clinical findings were gynaecomastia (greater on the right), infantile genitalia, lack of secondary sexual characteristics, facial atrophy, hyperpigmented knuckles and generalised erythema nodosum.
Several studies with passerines have confirmed that secondary sexual characteristics such as song (Moller 1991) and plumage color (Harper 1999) may be positively related to body condition.
It also is involved in the development and maintenance of secondary sexual characteristics such as body hair distribution and deeper voice.
He said Pinki has male pseudohermaphroditism that, as per genetic Karyotyping, refers to individuals whose gonads are testes ( which are usually present) but whose secondary sexual characteristics or external genitalia may be underdeveloped or may resemble closely like a female.
Male orangutans are ready for reproduction around the age of 15 but they also need to develop secondary sexual characteristics in order to attract a female.
Puberty is a physical milestone heralding a huge step forward in maturity as a hormonal tap is turned on stimulating bone growth and secondary sexual characteristics like breasts, pubic and armpit hair.
The aim of this study is to determine secondary sexual characteristics of sexually mature marble goby broodstock by using morphometric analysis.
Differences in morphological characteristics and suppressed development of secondary sexual characteristics have also been linked to exposure to ECs (Jobling et al.
George joined the Merchant Navy and had underdeveloped genitalia by the age of 15 and developed secondary sexual characteristics.
Intersex is a condition of abnormal sexual maturation resulting in abnormal karyotype or primary or secondary sexual characteristics which can be diagnosed by ambiguous genitalia or abnormal characteristics during adolescent period.
Data Source: A multiethnic cohort of 3,868 boys seen at 141 clinical practices in the Secondary Sexual Characteristics in Boys (SSCIB) study in which 7% were taking stimulant medications regularly for 3 consecutive months within the past year.