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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).
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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.
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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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If serum FSH levels are elevated, karyotyping should be obtained which will be the key to the diagnosis.[5] Individuals with primary amenorrhea associated with all forms of gonadal failure and hypergonadotropic hypogonadism needs cyclic estrogen and progestin therapy to initiate, mature and maintain secondary sexual characteristics. Therapy is usually initiated with 0.625 mg/day of conjugated estrogens or 1 mg/day of estradiol.
The AH method is similar to SM in which concerns the application principle, since it is a secondary sexual characteristic. In comparison with SM, the AH can only be applied in later stages of maturation, since axillary hair develops after pubic hair and in the presence of higher testosterone concentration.
CONCLUSION: We report a rare case of Kallmann syndrome presenting with poor development of secondary sexual characteristics and decrease smelling capacity.
Most of the secondary sexual characteristics do not develop, and menses are absent in the majority of phenotypically female patients with pure gonadal dysgenesis.
In particular, primary amenorrhea can be diagnosed if a patient has normal secondary sexual characteristics but no menarche by 16 years of age.
The examination revealed well-developed secondary sexual characteristics. There was partial vaginal atresia and on rectal examination, the pelvis was noted to be free, suggesting a Mullerian abnormality.
Hormone replacement regimens have to start early in adolescence to allow development of secondary sexual characteristics and stimulate normal anabolic bone mass of puberty.
It promotes the development of reproductive tissue, sex organs, secondary sexual characteristics, sexual function, muscle mass/strength, and bone density.
In crustaceans, the allometric relationships between body size and various organs are used to estimate the sexual maturity, assuming that the secondary sexual characteristics appear and grow at different rates in mature and immature stages (Leme, 2005).
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.
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.