men·​o·​pause ˈme-nə-ˌpȯz How to pronounce menopause (audio)
: 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
: cessation of menstruation from other than natural causes
menopausal adjective

Examples of menopause in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Short menstrual cycle could be linked to early menopause Eating disorders rise at puberty, menopause. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2024 At Nayara Tented Camp in Costa Rica, the Rite of the Womb ritual, based on initiation traditions of Amazonian and Andean shamans, is offered to women who are pregnant, entering menopause, or have had hysterectomies. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Feb. 2024 Pregnancy can lead to gestational diabetes and high blood pressure while menopause can lead not only to falling estrogen levels but also to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, increased fat around the heart, and weight gain. Eva Epker, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Men tend to have higher levels throughout their lives, while women typically experience an increase during pregnancy or at menopause. Knvul Sheikh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2024 Women employees going through menopause is another group employers will seek to support more. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 2 Jan. 2024 For decades, hormone replacement therapy has been the treatment recommended by experts for severe symptoms from menopause. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Humans go through menopause, but only four other mammals are known to experience it as well. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 12 Feb. 2024 Though it isn’t directly related to aging, de Magalhaes also says that female menopause can limit the reproductive aging of mammals. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 2 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of menopause was in 1822

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Cite this Entry

“Menopause.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the period of life when menstruation permanently stops naturally that usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55

Medical Definition


meno·​pause ˈmen-ə-ˌpȯz How to pronounce menopause (audio) ˈmēn- How to pronounce menopause (audio)
: 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. Federman, The New England Journal of Medicine
: 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 menopauseK. A. Fackelmann, Science News

called also climacteric, climax

compare perimenopause
: cessation of menstruation from other than natural causes (as from surgical removal of the ovaries)
Premature menopause due to surgery or ovarian failure …Mary Duenwald, O: The Oprah Magazine
menopausal adjective
menopausal symptoms
menopausal women

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