climacteric


1cli·mac·ter·ic

adjective \klī-ˈmak-t(ə-)rik; ˌklī-ˌmak-ˈter-ik, -ˈtir-\

Definition of CLIMACTERIC

1
:  constituting or relating to a climacteric

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

2climacteric

noun

Definition of CLIMACTERIC

1
:  a major turning point or critical stage
2
a :  menopause 1
b :  andropause
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>

First Known Use of CLIMACTERIC

circa 1630

Other Physiology Terms

eructation, flux, gustatory, menarche, myopia, senescence, torpor

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