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Pronunciation: ad-ren-ar′kē


  1. Growth of axillary and pubic hair induced by hyperactivity of the suprarenal cortex in early puberty.
  2. Physiologic change at puberty caused by adrenocortical secretion of androgenic hormones or their precursors.

[adren- + G. archē, beginning]

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