virilism


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Related to virilism: virilisation, Cushing syndrome

vir·i·lism

(vir'i-lizm),
Possession of mature masculine somatic characteristics by a girl, woman, or prepubescent male; may be present at birth or may appear later, depending on its cause; may be relatively mild (e.g., hirsutism) or severe and is commonly the result of gonadal or adrenocortical dysfunction, or of androgenic therapy.
[L. virilis, masculine]

virilism

/vir·i·lism/ (vir´ĭ-lizm) the development or possession of male secondary sex characters in a female or prepubertal male.
adrenal virilism  that due to inappropriate adrenal cortical androgen production.

virilism

(vîr′ə-lĭz′əm)
n.
The presence of male secondary sexual characteristics in a female.

virilism

[vir′əliz′əm]
Etymology: L, virilis + ismus, practice
1 See virilization.
2 pseudohermaphroditism in a female.
3 premature development of masculine characteristics in the male. Kinds of virilism are adrenal virilism and prosopopilary virilism.

virilism

Endocrinology The presence of ♂ physical and sexual characteristics in a ♀–hirsutism, receding frontal hairline, masculine body habitus, deepening of voice, ↑ sebaceous gland secretion, clitoral enlargement. See Hirsutism, Virilization.

vir·i·lism

(vir'i-lizm)
Possession of mature masculine somatic characteristics by a girl, woman, or prepubescent male; may be present at birth or may appear later; commonly the result of gonadal or adrenocortical dysfunction or of androgenic therapy.
[L. virilis, masculine]

virilism

Masculinization in the female. This may occur in tumours of the adrenal glands or ovaries which secrete abnormal quantities of the male hormones, the androsterones, or in the condition of congenital adrenal hyperplasia. There is increased growth of body hair, balding at the temples, acne, absence of menstruation, enlargement of the clitoris, increased muscular development and deepening of the voice. The treatment involves removal of the cause.

virilism

male somatic characteristics manifested in a female

virilism

the presence of male characteristics in the female. See also virilization.

adrenal virilism
virilism caused by a tumor of the zona reticularis of the adrenal gland.