Meaning of virilization in English:


Pronunciation /ˌvɪrɪlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/


(also British virilisation)
mass nounMedicine
  • The development of male physical characteristics (such as muscle bulk, body hair, and deep voice) in a female or precociously in a boy, typically as a result of excess androgen production.

    ‘excessive growth of body hair is a common symptom of virilization’
    • ‘Administration of glucocorticoids inhibits excessive production of androgens, prevents progressive virilization, and stabilizes renin levels.’
    • ‘Clinical clues to possible hyperandrogenism in women include dysmenorrhea, virilization, and severe acne.’
    • ‘Patients are often concerned about the physical manifestations of this disorder, including virilization and acanthosis nigricans, and may be less aware of systemic problems.’
    • ‘Adverse effects such as virilization are few and can be minimized with reduction of the dosage.’
    • ‘When women take exogenous androgens, the same irreversible virilization occurs.’