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Development of male secondary sexual characteristics.

vir′il·ize′ (-ə-līz′) v.
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(ˈvɪrɪˌlaɪz) or


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
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(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.
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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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The highly revealing entry in the large Robert dictionary, giving both abatardir ("to bastardize") and effeminer ("to feminize") as the antonyms of viriliser ("to virilize"), shows not only the popular view of such a procedure, but also the perception of double gendering as a form of contamination, of creating the "monster" constituted by the virile woman or the feminine man.
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.
Female pseudohermaphroditism occurs when the genital ducts, external genitalia, and other aspects of phenotypic sex virilize in XX females.