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defeminization

[dē‚fem·ə·nə′zā·shən]
(physiology)
Loss or reduction of feminine attributes, usually caused by ovarian dysfunction or removal.
(psychology)
Psychic process involving a deep and permanent change in the character of a woman, resulting in a giving up of feminine feelings, and the assumption of masculine qualities.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Whereas men generally see their bodies as objects to be built up, strengthened, used, and exercised, women are often horrified about developing muscles that will defeminize them, are afraid of strenuous activities, and are anxious about every little discomfort.