freemartin

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freemartin

[′frē‚märt·ən]
(vertebrate zoology)
An intersexual, usually sterile female calf twinborn with a male.
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The first type comprises resultant costs such as freemartinism (masculinization of the female twin, resulting in sexual reproductive sterility; Benirshke, 1981) and a high frequency of malignancy (Picus etal., 1985).
Diagnosis of bovine freemartinism by fluorescence in situ hybridization on interphase nuclei using a bovine Y chromosome-specific DNA probe.