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- n. the abnormal development of male sexual characteristics in a female (usually as the result of hormone therapies or adrenal malfunction)
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When this is the case, hirsutism progresses rapidly; and may even cause virilisation - in which the woman starts developing masculine characteristics, such as a deep voice and an enlarged clitoris.