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climacteric

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adjective cli·mac·ter·ic \klī-ˈmak-t(ə-)rik; ˌklī-ˌmak-ˈter-ik, -ˈtir-\

Definition of climacteric

  1. 1 :  constituting or relating to a climacteric

  2. 2 :  critical, crucial

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Examples of climacteric in a sentence

  1. as the war reached its climacteric phase, the atrocities dramatically increased, both in number and brutality

Origin and Etymology of climacteric

Latin climactericus, from Greek klimaktērikos, from klimaktēr critical point, literally, rung of a ladder, from klimak-, klimax ladder


First Known Use: 1582


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climacteric

noun cli·mac·ter·ic

Definition of climacteric

  1. 1 :  a major turning point or critical stage

  2. 2a :  menopause 1b :  andropause

  3. 3 :  the marked and sudden rise in the respiratory rate of fruit just prior to full ripening

Examples of climacteric in a sentence

  1. historians attempting to pinpoint the Roman Empire's climacteric, that precise moment when it began its long downhill slide

Did You Know?

Climacteric comes from the Greek word klimaktēr, meaning "critical point" or, literally, "rung of a ladder." English speakers have long used climacteric for those inevitable big moments encountered on the metaphorical ladder of life. The major climacterics in a person’s life were once thought to happen in years denoted by multiples of 7 or 9 or only in the odd multiples of 7 (7, 21, 35, etc.). The grand (or great) climacteric was held to occur in the 63rd (7 x 9) or the 81st (9 x 9) year of life. Today, climacteric can refer to male or female menopause, which typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, but the general "turning point" sense is not usually tied to a specific age.

1633

First Known Use of climacteric

1633

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climacteric

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adjective cli·mac·ter·ic \klī-ˈmak-t(ə-)rik, ˌklī-ˌmak-ˈter-ik\

Medical Definition of climacteric

  1. :  constituting or characterized by the climacteric the climacteric state


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climacteric

noun cli·mac·ter·ic

Medical Definition of climacteric

  1. 1:  menopause 1a(2)

  2. 2:  andropause



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