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climacteric

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adjective cli·mac·ter·ic \klī-ˈmak-t(ə-)rik; ˌklī-ˌmak-ˈter-ik, -ˈtir-\

Definition of climacteric

  1. 1 :  constituting or relating to a climacteric

  2. 2 :  critical, crucial



Examples of climacteric

  1. <as the war reached its climacteric phase, the atrocities dramatically increased, both in number and brutality>



Origin of climacteric

Latin climactericus, from Greek klimaktērikos, from klimaktēr critical point, literally, rung of a ladder, from klimak-, klimax ladder


First Known Use: 1582


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climacteric

noun cli·mac·ter·ic

Definition of climacteric

  1. 1 :  a major turning point or critical stage

  2. 2 a :  menopause 1 b :  andropause

  3. 3 :  the marked and sudden rise in the respiratory rate of fruit just prior to full ripening



Examples of climacteric

  1. <historians attempting to pinpoint the Roman Empire's climacteric, that precise moment when it began its long downhill slide>



Circa 1630

First Known Use of climacteric

circa 1630

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