Definition of secondary sexual characteristic in English:

secondary sexual characteristic


  • Any physical characteristic developing at puberty which distinguishes between the sexes but is not directly involved in reproduction.

    • ‘I wonder if there's a similar study of whether young boys are developing secondary sexual characteristics at comparable ages?’
    • ‘During puberty the sexual organs mature, the secondary sexual characteristics (such as breasts and body hair) develop and reproduction becomes possible.’
    • ‘Therefore, secondary sexual characteristics not only provide a means of differentiating gender, but the degree to which they are developed is a good indicator of reproductive condition.’
    • ‘Male secondary sexual characteristics develop normally in puberty, although the testicles typically are small.’
    • ‘We weighed all captured individuals, measured carapace length, and determined the gender of each individual based on secondary sexual characteristics.’
    • ‘Because females with Turner syndrome don't have proper ovarian development, they usually don't develop all of the secondary sexual characteristics expected during adolescence and are infertile as adults.’