# VIRILISM

noun. the existence within a woman of secondary carnal traits which are more commonly attributed to men, like large muscles. The condition is because of excess activity of the adrenal cortex, with over-dispersion of androgen, that can be fixed in some instances.

VIRILISM: "Virilism is commonly referred to as masculinization."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "VIRILISM," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/virilism/ (accessed November 27, 2020).
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