amen·​or·​rhea | \ ˌā-ˌme-nə-ˈrē-ə How to pronounce amenorrhea (audio) , ˌä- \

Definition of amenorrhea

: abnormal absence or suppression of menses

Other Words from amenorrhea

amenorrheic \ ˌā-​ˌme-​nə-​ˈrē-​ik How to pronounce amenorrhea (audio) , ˌä-​ \ adjective

Examples of amenorrhea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another line of defense against athletic amenorrhea is to incorporate vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, vitamins A, B, C and E, and calcium. Cammy Garvelink, Outside Online, 23 Feb. 2021 Women runners who are suffering from iron deficiency might end up with athletic amenorrhea as well, which is the absence of menstruation and is typically due to low estrogen levels and not enough iron in the blood. Cammy Garvelink, Outside Online, 23 Feb. 2021 For women, the clearest sign that an eating disorder has grown severe is usually amenorrhea—a warning that a lack of fat has caused the body to stop producing estrogen. Nora Caplan-bricker, Outside Online, 23 June 2017 Christina Yannetsos, 37, an ER physician in Denver and the co-founder of Colorado Fertility Advocates, was diagnosed with a condition called hypothalamic amenorrhea in her 20s which contributes to infertility. Natalie Gontcharova,, 3 Mar. 2021 Because qi helps the blood flow easily, stagnation can lead to delayed periods with clots and pain (dysmenorrhea) or periods that don’t come at all (amenorrhea). Jen Hubley Luckwaldt, Good Housekeeping, 28 Dec. 2017 If your period vanishes for three months or longer (this is known as amenorrhea), see your doctor for evaluation. Zahra Barnes, SELF, 8 Mar. 2018 Various reproductive health conditions can cause polymenorrhea (cycles that are 21 days or fewer), oligomenorrhea (cycles that are 35 days or more), or amenorrhea (missing your period for at least three cycles). Zahra Barnes, SELF, 23 Feb. 2018 Ectopic pregnancies can manifest nonspecific symptoms such as abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding, sometimes alongside the typical pregnancy symptoms of amenorrhea, sore breasts, and morning sickness. Joanna Petrone, Longreads, 18 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of amenorrhea

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amenorrhea

New Latin, from a- + Greek mēn month + New Latin -o- + -rrhea — more at moon

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variants: or chiefly British amenorrhoea \ ˌā-​ˌmen-​ə-​ˈrē-​ə, ˌäm-​ˌen-​ How to pronounce amenorrhea (audio) \

Medical Definition of amenorrhea

: abnormal absence or suppression of menstruation — see primary amenorrhea, secondary amenorrhea

Other Words from amenorrhea

amenorrheic or chiefly British amenorrhoeic \ -​ˈrē-​ik How to pronounce amenorrhea (audio) \ adjective

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