secondary sex character


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

secondary sex character

a characteristic peculiar to the male or female that develops at puberty (for example, men's beards and women's breasts).
References in periodicals archive ?
More recently, we have taken blood samples from captive male and female jungle fowl at monthly intervals from 4 to 8 mo as well as from adults aged 1-2 yr in an attempt to understand the relationship among blood characteristics, secondary sex characters, and mate choice.
We are continuing to examine both this relationship and that between secondary sex characters and testosterone levels.
However, the possibly related effects of pulp and paper mills on male secondary sex characters in different fish species have been identified repeatedly at several times and locations (12,14-17)
Female mosquitofish in the Fenholloway River display male secondary sex characters (35,36).

Full browser ?