Exercise 11

Terms that refer to conditions brought about by a change in the function of endocrine glands include:

  1. hormonal1 effect — a general phrase to describe any condition that seems to be the result of changes in endocrine gland2 function
  2. hirsutism — abnormal hairiness, especially in women

The precocious physical development of prepuberal youngsters is sometimes associated with the development of tumors that change the function of the endocrine glands. Also, tumors of the endocrine glands can lead to the condition known as hirsutism (abnormal hairiness, especially in women).

1hormonal — Pertaining to a chemical substance (hormone) produced in one organ and producing a specific regulatory effect in another organ.

2endocrine gland — Glands which secrete a hormonal substance into the blood, e.g., adrenal glands, thyroid glands, or pituitary glands.

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