Virilization refers to the development of male sex characteristics in a female. This may include an increase in body hair, facial hair, a deepening of the voice, male-pattern baldness, and clitoral enlargement. Virilization may result from excessive testosterone production in the endocrine glands or from the use of anabolic steroids.

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Last revised: December 7, 2012
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