secondary sex characteristic

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secondary sex character

a characteristic peculiar to the male or female that develops at puberty (for example, men's beards and women's breasts).

secondary sex characteristic

n.
Any of various physical characteristics that differ between the sexes but do not have a direct reproductive function, appearing in humans at puberty and in other animals at sexual maturity or during the mating season. Also called secondary sexual characteristic.

secondary sex characteristic

any of the external physical characteristics of sexual maturity secondary to hormonal stimulation that develop in the maturing individual. These characteristics include adult distribution of hair and development of the penis or breasts and the labia.

secondary sex characteristic

Endocrinology The constellation of changes in hair distribution, body configuration, and genital size in boys or girls at the time of puberty
Secondary Sex characteristic–
External genitalia Penis ↑ in length/diameter; scrotum becomes pigmented and rugose
Internal genitalia Prostate, bulbourethral glands, and seminal vesicle enlarge, begin to secrete
Body Shoulders broaden, muscle mass ↑
Hair Hair, hair, everywhere; beard, back, chest, anus
Mental More aggressive, sexual interest awakens
Skin Sebaceous glands ↑, 'Zit Follies' begin
Voice Larynx, vocal cords ↑ in size and/or length; voice deepens
Secondary Sex characteristic–
External genitalia ↑ Size breast, vagina
Internal genitalia ↑ Size uterus
Body Shoulders are narrow, hips broad, thighs converge and arms diverge–broad carrying angle
Hair More scalp hair, less body hair, ♀ escutcheon
Voice Nada; voice unchanged
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Five out of the six candidate models describing male morphological measurements and secondary sexual characteristics obtained a better fit with the log-normal error distribution for all sample sites (Table 4).
All the HA parents considered the emergence of secondary sexual characteristics in their children as being on time, whereas half of the AA parents regarded this development as early.
Experience of early sexual maturation was operationalized as the report by the parent guardian that their child was displaying any of the secondary sexual characteristics (breast development, hip enlargement, public hair growth).
Most children with CPP can be treated effectively with Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone analogues (GnRHa), which control the release of the hormones responsible for the development of secondary sexual characteristics.
Most of the secondary sexual characteristics do not develop, and menses are absent in the majority of phenotypically female patients with pure gonadal dysgenesis.
As honest signals of male quality, secondary sexual characteristics should have production and maintenance costs (Kodric-Brown and Brown 1984).
He said Pinki has male pseudohermaphroditism that, as per genetic Karyotyping, refers to individuals whose gonads are testes ( which are usually present) but whose secondary sexual characteristics or external genitalia may be underdeveloped or may resemble closely like a female.
Male orangutans are ready for reproduction around the age of 15 but they also need to develop secondary sexual characteristics in order to attract a female.
Puberty is a physical milestone heralding a huge step forward in maturity as a hormonal tap is turned on stimulating bone growth and secondary sexual characteristics like breasts, pubic and armpit hair.
George joined the Merchant Navy and had underdeveloped genitalia by the age of 15 and developed secondary sexual characteristics.
Intersex is a condition of abnormal sexual maturation resulting in abnormal karyotype or primary or secondary sexual characteristics which can be diagnosed by ambiguous genitalia or abnormal characteristics during adolescent period.
Data Source: A multiethnic cohort of 3,868 boys seen at 141 clinical practices in the Secondary Sexual Characteristics in Boys (SSCIB) study in which 7% were taking stimulant medications regularly for 3 consecutive months within the past year.