menopause

noun men·o·pause \ ˈme-nə-ˌpȯz , ˈmē- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of menopause

1 :the natural cessation of menstruation that usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55; also :the period during which such cessation occurs called also climacteric ; compare perimenopause
2 :cessation of menstruation from other than natural causes

menopausal

play \ˌme-nə-ˈpȯ-zəl, ˌmē-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of menopause

French ménopause, from méno- men- + pause stop, pause


MENOPAUSE Defined for English Language Learners

menopause

noun

Definition of menopause for English Language Learners

  • : the time in a woman's life when blood stops flowing from her body each month : the time when a woman stops menstruating


Medical Dictionary

menopause

noun meno·pause \ ˈmen-ə-ˌpȯz , ˈmēn- \

medical Definition of menopause

1 a (1) :the natural cessation of menstruation occurring usually between the ages of 45 and 55
  • … osteoporosis, which increases the risk of hip and spine fractures, is a well-known consequence of menopause.
  • —Daniel D. FedermanThe New England Journal of Medicine6 Apr. 2006
(2) :the physiological period in the life of a woman in which such cessation and the accompanying regression of ovarian function occurs
  • Hot flashes plague many women undergoing menopause
  • —K. A. FackelmannScience News13 Oct. 1990
called also climacteric, climax; compare perimenopause
b :cessation of menstruation from other than natural causes (as from surgical removal of the ovaries)
  • Premature menopause due to surgery or ovarian failure …
  • —Mary DuenwaldO: The Oprah MagazineFebruary 2009

menopausal

play \ˌmen-ə-ˈpȯ-zəl, ˌmēn-\ adjective
    • menopausal symptoms
    • menopausal women


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