from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The presence of male secondary sexual characteristics in a female.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Hermaphrodism in which the individual is a female but has certain genital organs resembling those of the male.
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- n. the development of male secondary sexual characteristics in a female (or prematurely in a young boy)
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For reasons I shall explain on page 106, such adrenal tumors may bring on sexual precocity in children, or a marked increase in masculine characteristics in women, the latter condition being known as virilism ( "man" L).