noun \ˈmen-ə-ˌpz, ˈmēn-\

Definition of MENOPAUSE

a (1) : the natural cessation of menstruation occurring usually between the ages of 45 and 55 with a mean in Western cultures of approximately 51 (2) : 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 perimenopause b : cessation of menstruation from other than natural causes (as from surgical removal of the ovaries)
meno·paus·al \ˌmen-ə-ˈp-zəl, ˌmēn-\ adjective

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