dys·​men·​or·​rhea (ˌ)dis-ˌme-nə-ˈrē-ə How to pronounce dysmenorrhea (audio)
: painful menstruation
dysmenorrheic adjective

Examples of dysmenorrhea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her journey began with a personal quest for relief from the debilitating pain of dysmenorrhea, leading her to discover the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. Javier Hasse, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Around the world in Taiwan, a study carried out by China Medical University in Taichung found that women exposed to the highest levels of air pollution were 33 times more likely to develop dysmenorrhea, or painful periods. Elizabeth Wells and Eoin McSweeney, CNN, 5 Dec. 2023 New, preliminary research found that women with PCOS or dysmenorrhea tend to have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.1 The findings from each study were presented earlier this month at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2023. Lauryn Higgins, Health, 17 Nov. 2023 Do Period Symptoms Get More Intense With Age? Period pain, or dysmenorrhea, is common among people who menstruate. Kristine Thomason, Health, 17 Aug. 2023 People with secondary dysmenorrhea, like endometriosis or uterine fibroids, may need surgery to alleviate severe period pain. Kristine Thomason, Health, 17 Aug. 2023 Painful menstrual cramps are known as dysmenorrhea, and there are two types of dysmenorrhea: primary and secondary. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, 6 Sep. 2022 Just like primary dysmenorrhea, secondary dysmenorrhea can come with a number of aggravating symptoms. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, 6 Sep. 2022 Key Takeaways Vitamin E may be a complementary treatment for primary dysmenorrhea but studies are limited. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 28 Apr. 2023

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin, from dys- dys- + menorrhea, menorrhoea "menstrual flow," from meno- meno- + -rrhea, rrhoea -rrhea

First Known Use

circa 1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dysmenorrhea was circa 1810

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Cite this Entry

“Dysmenorrhea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysmenorrhea. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British dysmenorrhoea
: painful menstruation see spasmodic dysmenorrhea
dysmenorrheic adjective
or chiefly British dysmenorrhoeic

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