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

Definition of amenorrhea

: abnormal absence or suppression of menses

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Other Words from amenorrhea

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "I Tried Acupuncture To Get Pregnant And This Is What It Was Like," 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, "7 Period Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore," 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, "This Is Exactly What Happens During Your Menstrual Cycle," 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, "Pregnant, then Ruptured," 18 Aug. 2017 Because of her lean physique and intense training schedule, Muir suffered from amenorrhea, or period loss, and had not menstruated in nine years. Dave Quinn,, "Tina Muir — Professional Runner Who Tried to Gain Weight After 9 Years Without a Period — Is Pregnant," 30 June 2017 This combination of poor diet and intense exercise can have unhealthy consequences, including nutritional deficiencies, fatigue, loss of lean body mass, and amenorrhea (no period). Seventeen, "Did I quit my period because of too much exercise?," 22 June 2007 The brain tells the body to decrease the estrogen supply, so periods eventually decrease in frequency (called oligomenorrhea) and then stop (called amenorrhea)., "Column: Helping female athletes to healthy mind, body," 5 July 2017

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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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The first known use of amenorrhea was circa 1771

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“Amenorrhea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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