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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