Strength and anthropometric measures in identical and fraternal twins: no evidence of masculinization of females with male co-twins.


Journal Article

Sharing of intrauterine environment in twins of opposite sex has been hypothesized to result in masculinization of the female twin. We tested this hypothesis by comparing strength (maximum hand-grip pressure) and various anthropometric measures in a newly established survey panel comprising 4,314 middle-aged twins identified through a Danish population-based twin registry. Sex- and zygosity-specific mean values of handgrip strength, height, weight, body mass index, and waist circumference were highly comparable between fraternal twins of opposite sex and fraternal twins of same sex. Our results provide no support for the hypothesis of masculinization of female twins from opposite sex twin pairs.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gaist, D; Bathum, L; Skytthe, A; Jensen, TK; McGue, M; Vaupel, JW; Christensen, K

Published Date

  • May 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 340 - 343

PubMed ID

  • 10784255

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10784255

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1531-5487

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1044-3983

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00001648-200005000-00020


  • eng