Definition of masculinize in English:



  • 1 Induce male physiological characteristics in.

    ‘male sex steroids masculinize female hyenas’
    • ‘The presence of this extra chromosome results in failure to masculinize, small testes and sterility.’
    • ‘‘These drugs predictably and sometimes permanently masculinise females,’ said Dr Charles Yesalis of Penn State University, who first studied steroid abuse in high schools in 1987.’
    • ‘This strain was propagated successfully at 25°, but on shifting to a lower temperature, all animals become partly or wholly masculinized, and the strain dies out.’
    • ‘Testosterone has an androgenic, or masculinizing, function and an anabolic, or tissue-building, function.’
    • ‘The circulating hormone not only masculinizes the body but affects the developing brain, influencing the size of specific structures and the wiring of nerve cells.’
    • ‘Adkins-Regan and Wade also found that masculinized female Zebra Finches (with sex-reversed gonads) exhibit male-typical bill coloration.’
    • ‘In XX flies whose soma was masculinized by mutations in tra, the sexual identity of the germline appeared to be mixed; both female and male molecular markers were expressed.’
    • ‘The white male becomes masculinized through the castration or symbolic feminization of his foil, the black male.’
    • ‘Similarly, lf mutations in genes that promote the female fate can masculinize the XX germline (a Mog phenotype), such that it fails to switch to oogenesis and instead continues to produce sperm during adulthood.’
    • ‘These androgens will masculinize a female fetus in utero.’
    • ‘Developmentally, estrogens might be synthesized only locally in the telencephalon of male Zebra Finches to masculinize the neural circuits controlling song.’
    • ‘For one thing, it can masculinize a woman, causing both facial hair growth and a deepening of the voice.’
    • ‘The tiny organs make enough of the hormone to steer the rest of the baby's body into developing a typically male form and probably it masculinises its brain in small but important ways as well.’
    • ‘Genes that tend to masculinize the fetus will increase when there is an advantage to having male offspring.’
    • ‘And in female to males you only give an androgen, that's to masculinise the body.’
    • ‘It further follows that, should systemizing be a predominantly masculine trait, the agent that masculinizes the brain, prenatal testosterone, may be also play a central role in both systemizing and autism.’
    1. 1.1Cause to appear or seem masculine.
      ‘as time went on, she had to masculinize her image to keep power’
      ‘a slightly masculinized swagger’
      • ‘The model of academic performativity which emerges is one which is premised on a distinctly masculinised form of labour, situated in a distinctly masculinised culture.’
      • ‘This figuration of gender does not create a masculinized female, but rather a gendered-male character reconstituted in the visual markers of both sexes.’
      • ‘The chapter on Alcott follows two figures - the wounded soldier and the competent nurse - as they become symbols of feminized male and masculinized female.’
      • ‘What, so I have to masculinize myself in order to be a lesbian?’
      • ‘Sport and physical activity are masculinized domains.’
      • ‘This may place the individual who prefers his or her same gender as an intermediate ‘third sex’, or situate the male homosexual as effeminate and the female homosexual as masculinized.’
      • ‘The belief that participation in competitive sports tends to masculinize females has been found in research using a variety of subject populations.’
      • ‘This finding suggests that those girls who are most behaviourally masculinized as children are also the most likely to evolve a bisexual or homosexual erotic orientation as adults.’
      • ‘Again today, the virtual female gains on credibility as she is masculinized.’
      • ‘The importance of feminized images and the strongly masculinized language of leadership are not given much prominence.’
      • ‘Heavily masculinised contact sports celebrate and reinforce dominant roles of gender.’
      • ‘With social networks largely confined to highly masculinized spaces, women had difficulty entering the industry in any capacity other than as their husbands' assistants.’
      • ‘When a female is in her most fertile phase, her preferences shift toward more masculinized faces.’
      • ‘Perhaps female comics have been masculinized, which is why you see so many lesbian comedians.’
      • ‘Black and mulatto women, on the other hand, were masculinized in paintings which portrayed black women dominating Spanish and mestizo men and treating their children in neglectful and decidedly unmotherly ways.’
      • ‘Women were initially banned from cheering at many schools because of the fear that they would become masculinised.’
      • ‘In other words, boys became increasingly masculinized, while girls retained their feminine interests as they developed.’
      • ‘Within this economy, actual women do of course exist, but become masculinized, or alternatively hystericized, by expressing active sexuality.’