secondary sex character

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Noun1.secondary sex character - 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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A study of the development of secondary sex characters in urban girls.
Testosterone is given as part of replacement therapy to restore virilization and secondary sex characters. In females combined estrogen and progesterone are used.
Secondary sex characters were measured from each male fish as already described (US EPA 2002; US EPA 2007; Doll 2011), which included tubercle counts and tubercle and fatpad scoring.
Abnormal expression of secondary sex characters in a population of mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis holbrooki:, evidence for environmentally induced masculinization.

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