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virile +‎ -ize



virilize (third-person singular simple present virilizes, present participle virilizing, simple past and past participle virilized)

  1. (biology) To make virile.
    • 2007 December 12, David A. Puts, Michael A. McDaniel, Cynthia L. Jordan, S. Marc Breedlove, “Spatial Ability and Prenatal Androgens: Meta-Analyses of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia and Digit Ratio (2D:4D) Studies”, in Archives of Sexual Behavior, volume 37, number 1, →DOI:
      Although the hormonal abnormalities of CAH are treated shortly after birth, girls with CAH show physical signs of elevated prenatal androgen exposure (e.g., virilized genitalia) and tend to be masculinized along several behavioral dimensions (Berenbaum, 1999).