menopause

noun
men·​o·​pause | \ ˈme-nə-ˌpȯz How to pronounce menopause (audio) , ˈmē-\

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

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Other Words from menopause

menopausal \ ˌme-​nə-​ˈpȯ-​zəl How to pronounce menopausal (audio) , ˌmē-​ \ adjective

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Heading into menopause might change things as well. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Bad Is It to Switch Up Your Skin-Care Products All the Time?," 7 Mar. 2019 Most aren't as quick to admit that middle age can be an equally fraught time, considering health issues like menopause, divorce and family separation, and financial hardships. Devin Tomb, Good Housekeeping, "“At 54, I Don’t Feel As Hopeful”: The Untold Story of Suicide in the U.S.," 21 Sep. 2018 The drug is prescribed to women who have gone through menopause to treat osteoporosis, which causes bones to become severely brittle. Jessica Gresko, The Seattle Times, "High court seems likely to side with Merck in Fosamax case," 7 Jan. 2019 Low estrogen levels after menopause can lead to GSM, which comes with its own slew of bothersome symptoms, like vaginal dryness, itching, dyspareunia, urinary urgency and increased frequency, and urinary tract infections. Lindsay Carlton, Fox News, "Actress Cheryl Hines on the awkwardness of menopause," 28 Sep. 2018 Most commonly, this loss of bone density occurs due to hormonal changes that accompany aging: lower estrogen levels in women post-menopause and decreasing testosterone levels in men over the age of 70. Farah Naz Khan, Vox, "Doctors are blasé about bone health and it’s leading to more broken bones in the elderly," 30 July 2018 Of course, the hormone shifts associated with menopause are also a common cause of nighttime hot flashes, says Dr. Hadine Joffe, an associate professor in the division of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School. Markham Heid, Time, "You Asked: Why Do I Sweat When I Sleep?," 21 Mar. 2018 If your mom went through early menopause, for example, getting your hormone levels tested could give you a little more insight about having kids earlier or freezing your eggs. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Do You Need a Fertility Test—Even If You’re Not Trying to Get Pregnant?," 13 Dec. 2018 While those data points may be useful to some users, Fitbit’s female health tracking is still far behind other dedicated apps, which offers comprehensive tools for family planning and menopause tracking. Natt Garun, The Verge, "Fitbit OS 3.0 brings more third-party app support, including Couch to 5K," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of menopause

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for menopause

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

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menopause

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English Language Learners Definition of menopause

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

menopause

noun
meno·​pause | \ ˈmen-ə-ˌpȯz How to pronounce menopause (audio) , ˈmēn- How to pronounce menopause (audio) \

Medical Definition of menopause

1a(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. Federman, The New England Journal of Medicine, 6 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. Fackelmann, Science News, 13 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 Duenwald, O: The Oprah Magazine, February 2009

Other Words from menopause

menopausal \ ˌmen-​ə-​ˈpȯ-​zəl How to pronounce menopausal (audio) , ˌmēn-​ How to pronounce menopausal (audio) \ adjective
menopausal symptoms menopausal women

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