menopause

noun
men·o·pause | \ˈme-nə-ˌpȯz, 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, ˌmē- \ adjective

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The restaurant is devoted to Chinese herbs, but nobody is going to tell you which of the soups is designed to ease menopause and which is effective against coughs. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "There’s crocodile and hog stomach, but Jonathan Gold is all about the crusty rice at Nature Pagoda," 6 Apr. 2018 In women, estrogen abruptly plunges at menopause, around age 50. Marie Mccullough, chicagotribune.com, "Updated osteoporosis screening guidelines cover only women. That could hurt men," 27 June 2018 Endocrine therapy also has side effects, which can include hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause, weight gain and pain in joints and muscles. Denise Grady, New York Times, "Good News for Women With Breast Cancer: Many Don’t Need Chemo," 3 June 2018 This most often occurs with menopause, along with autoimmune disease, and cancer chemotherapy. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hair regrowth treatment now being tested in women by La Jolla's Histogen," 12 July 2018 In women, estrogen abruptly plunges at menopause, around age 50. Marie Mccullough, chicagotribune.com, "Updated osteoporosis screening guidelines cover only women. That could hurt men," 27 June 2018 DiVa Vaginal Therapy is a laser treatment to combat changes down there that are caused by childbirth or menopause. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Vaginal Rejuvenation Is the Latest Cosmetic Trend to Hit Hollywood," 12 July 2018 These findings apply mostly to older women who are past menopause. Alice Park, Time, "More Women With Breast Cancer May Soon Be Skipping Chemo. Here’s Why," 7 June 2018 In women, estrogen abruptly plunges at menopause, around age 50. Marie Mccullough, chicagotribune.com, "Updated osteoporosis screening guidelines cover only women. That could hurt men," 27 June 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

noun

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, ˈmēn- \

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, ˌmēn- \ adjective
menopausal symptoms menopausal women

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