menarche

noun
men·​ar·​che | \ ˈme-ˌnär-kē How to pronounce menarche (audio) \

Definition of menarche

: the beginning of the menstrual function especially : the first menstrual period of an individual

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Other Words from menarche

menarcheal \ ˌme-​när-​ˈkē-​əl How to pronounce menarcheal (audio) \ adjective

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For most of human history, women were either pregnant or lactating almost constantly from menarche to menopause, so their immune systems were always hanging in that careful balance. Viviane Callier, BostonGlobe.com, "How gender makes a difference in disease," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of menarche

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for menarche

New Latin, from men- + Greek archē beginning

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menarche

noun
men·​ar·​che | \ ˈmen-ˌär-kē How to pronounce menarche (audio) \

Medical Definition of menarche

: the beginning of the menstrual function especially : the first menstrual period of an individual

Other Words from menarche

menarcheal \ ˌmen-​ˈär-​kē-​əl How to pronounce menarcheal (audio) \ or menarchal \ men-​ˈär-​kəl How to pronounce menarchal (audio) \ also menarchial \ men-​ˈär-​kē-​əl How to pronounce menarchial (audio) \ adjective

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