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CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA

A genetic mess gift at birth characterised by a deficiency of the hormones aldosterone and cortisol and an overproduction of male sex hormones (androgens). In males this may manifest as enlarged penis, little testes and early development of masculine characteristics. In females parameters include ambiguous genitalia, failure to menstruate, deep voice and overweening hair. Origin: Gr. Plassein = to form
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