escutcheon

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escutcheon

 [es-kuch´un]
1. a shield or something shaped like a shield.
2. the shieldlike pattern of distribution of the pubic hair.
Normal escutcheon distribution of male and female pubic hair.

escutcheon

(es-kŭtch'ŏn),
Pattern of distribution of pubic hair.
[M.E., fr. Norman Fr. esochon, fr. L.L., scutio, fr. L. scutum, shield]
A patch of pubic hair
The normal female escutcheon is a triangle pointing downward, sharply cut off at the level of the pubic symphysis; the male escutcheon is diamond-shaped with both downward and upward angles; a male pattern in a woman may indicate pathological excess of androgen, or be a familial trait without significance