demasculinization


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demasculinization

(dē-măs″kŭ-lĭn-ĭ-zā′shŭn)
Loss of male sexual characteristics. This may be caused by lack of the male hormone or by the action of certain drugs.
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The impact of female emancipation in relation to demasculinization is illustrated by the example of High Noon (1952).
[41.] Bjerke DL, Brown TJ, MacLusky NJ, Hochberg RB, Peterson RE (1994) Partial demasculinization and feminization of sex behavior in male rats by in utero and lactational exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-pdioxin is not associated with alterations in estrogen receptor binding or volumes of sexually differentiated brain nuclei.
(50) The exposed clitoris, on the other hand, is believed to represent the male sexual organ, and its removal symbolizes the demasculinization and, once removed, feminization of the girl, marking an irreversible transformation to a woman.
For example, atrazine at environmentally relevant doses has been reported to induce endocrine disruption and demasculinization in frogs (Hayes et al.
Some of these include the demasculinization that occurs as a result of being a male survivor of domestic violence and, for the participant, the shame of divorce (Cook, 2009; Hines et al., 2007).
birds, and reptiles; demasculinization and feminization of fish, birds,
"Investigators looking for obvious BPA-induced differences, such as chromosome deletions or DNA mutations, could be missing subtle behavioural differences that eventually lead to long-term adverse outcomes, including demasculinization of male behaviours with ensuing decreased reproductive fitness," she said.
Partial demasculinization and feminization of sex behavior in male rats by inutero and lactational exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin is not associated with alterations in estrogen receptor binding or volumes of sexually differentiated brain nuclei.
Atrazine is a suspected teratogen, causing demasculinization in male northern leopard frog even at low concentrations, and an estrogen disruptor.
This results in chemical castration (demasculinization) and feminization in fish, amphibians, and lab rodents.
This demasculinization may be due to a delay in a surge of testosterone necessary for sexual differentiation of the brain (Ward & Weisz, 1980).
In male animals, anything that dampens the testosterone signal during fetal development, such as a chemical or genetic defect, can trigger a subtle demasculinization.