secondary sexual characteristic
noun see secondary sex characteristic

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • secondary sexual characteristic — noun the genetically determined sex characteristics that are not functionally necessary for reproduction (pitch of the voice and body hair and musculature) • Syn: ↑secondary sex characteristic, ↑secondary sex character • Hypernyms: ↑sex… …   Useful english dictionary

  • secondary sexual characteristic — physical characteristic that develops at puberty but does not directly involve reproduction (such as woman s breasts or man s facial hair) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • secondary sex characteristic — n a physical characteristic (as the breasts of a female mammal or the nuptial plumage of a male bird) that appears in members of one sex at puberty or in seasonal breeders at the breeding season and is not directly concerned with reproduction… …   Medical dictionary

  • secondary sex characteristic — noun the genetically determined sex characteristics that are not functionally necessary for reproduction (pitch of the voice and body hair and musculature) • Syn: ↑secondary sexual characteristic, ↑secondary sex character • Hypernyms: ↑sex… …   Useful english dictionary

  • secondary sex characteristic — noun Date: 1927 a physical characteristic (as the breasts of a female mammal or the breeding plumage of a male bird) that appears in members of one sex at puberty or in seasonal breeders at the breeding season and is not directly concerned with… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Secondary sex characteristic — Secondary sex characteristics are traits that distinguish the two sexes of a species, but that are not directly part of the reproductive system. They are believed to be the product of sexual selection for traits which give an individual an… …   Wikipedia

  • sexual characteristic — noun those characteristics (both anatomical and psychological) that are strongly associated with one sex relative to the other • Syn: ↑sex characteristic, ↑sex character • Hypernyms: ↑feature, ↑characteristic • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • secondary sex character — noun the genetically determined sex characteristics that are not functionally necessary for reproduction (pitch of the voice and body hair and musculature) • Syn: ↑secondary sex characteristic, ↑secondary sexual characteristic • Hypernyms: ↑sex… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sexual selection — This article is about the evolutionary concept. For the selection of the sex of offspring, see sex selection. Goldie s Bird of paradise: Ornamented male above; female below. Paradesia decora by John Gerrard Keulemans (d.1912) Sexual selection, a… …   Wikipedia

  • Sexual dimorphism — Female (left) and male Common Pheasant, illustrating the dramatic difference in both color and size between sexes Sexual dimorphism is a phenotypic difference between males and females of the same species. Examples of such differences include… …   Wikipedia

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