female (fe´mal)

In zoology, denoting the sex that bears the young or the ovum.
genetic f. 1. an individual with a normal female karyotype, including two X chromosomes; 2. an individual whose cell nuclei contain Barr sex chromatin bodies, which are normally absent in males.
XO f. the genetic f. in Turner's syndrome, where the criterion is the macroscopic appearance of the external genitals.
XXX f. See triple X syndrome.


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