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Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Health -

Hir­sutism is…

A. sun spots.

B. an over­ac­tive im­mune sys­tem. C. the in­abil­ity to feel hun­gry.

D. male-pat­tern hair growth

in women.

An­swer: D. Hir­sutism is ex­ces­sive fe­male hair growth in ar­eas where hair is more typ­i­cally vis­i­ble in men: the face, neck, back, chest, belly and so on. In­volv­ing a sur­plus of an­dro­gens, hir­sutism can be caused by hered­ity or menopause, but it can also point to poly­cys­tic ovary syn­drome or a tu­mour on the adrenal glands.

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