: a syndrome of hermaphroditic
birth defect of the sex organ
s induced in the 46, XY gonadally female fetus
by an excess of masculinizing hormone
transmitted from the mother through the placenta
. The syndrome may be experimentally induced in animals by injection of the hormone testosterone
, whereas in human beings it is adventitious, the source of the hormone being a maternal (possibly placental) hormone-producing tumor.
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