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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 , ; 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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