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menopause

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noun men·o·pause \ˈme-nə-ˌpȯz, ˈmē-\

Simple Definition of menopause

  • : the time in a woman's life when blood stops flowing from her body each month : the time when a woman stops menstruating

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of menopause

  1. 1 :  the natural cessation of menstruation that usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55; also :  the period during which such cessation occurs —called also climacteric — compare perimenopause

  2. 2 :  cessation of menstruation from other than natural causes

menopausal play \ˌme-nə-ˈpȯ-zəl, ˌmē-\ adjective

Origin of menopause

French ménopause, from méno- men- + pause stop, pause


First Known Use: 1872


Medical Dictionary

menopause

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noun meno·pause \ˈmen-ə-ˌpȯz, ˈmēn-\

Medical Definition of menopause

  1. 1a (1):  the natural cessation of menstruation occurring usually between the ages of 45 and 55 <… osteoporosis, which increases the risk of hip and spine fractures, is a well-known consequence of menopause.—Daniel D. Federman, The New England Journal of Medicine, 6 Apr. 2006> (2):  the physiological period in the life of a woman in which such cessation and the accompanying regression of ovarian function occurs <Hot flashes plague many women undergoing menopause …—K. A. Fackelmann, Science News, 13 Oct. 1990>—called also climacteric, climax; compare perimenopauseb:  cessation of menstruation from other than natural causes (as from surgical removal of the ovaries) <Premature menopause due to surgery or ovarian failure …—Mary Duenwald, O: The Oprah Magazine, February 2009>

  2. 2:  andropause

menopausal \ˌmen-ə-ˈpȯ-zəl, ˌmēn-\play play adjective <menopausal symptoms> <menopausal women>




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