secondary sex characters

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sec·on·dar·y sex char·ac·ters

(sek'ŏn-dar-ē seks kar'ăk-tĕrz)
Those characters peculiar to the male or female that develop at puberty (e.g., men's beards and women's breasts).
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It is necessary to diagnose Kallmann's syndrome, as timely replacement can restore secondary sex characters and fertility.
Abnormal expression of secondary sex characters in a population of mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis holbrooki:, evidence for environmentally induced masculinization.
Parasites also may have important effects on host behavior (Moore 1984), and have been suggested to play a role in sexual selection and the evolution of male secondary sex characters (Hamilton and Zuk 1982).