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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

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

men·o·paus·al play \ˌme-nə-ˈpȯ-zəl, ˌmē-\ adjective

Origin of menopause

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


First Known Use: 1872


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menopause

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noun meno·pause \ˈmen-ə-ˌpȯz, ˈmēn-\

Medical Definition of menopause

  1. 1a:  the natural cessation of menstruation occurring usually between the ages of 45 and 55 with a mean in Western cultures of approximately 51:  the physiological period in the life of a woman in which such cessation and the accompanying regression of ovarian function occurs—called also climacteric; compare perimenopauseb:  cessation of menstruation from other than natural causes (as from surgical removal of the ovaries)

  2. 2:  andropause

  3. meno·paus·al \ˌmen-ə-ˈpȯ-zəl, ˌmēn-\play play adjective





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