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 menopause (audio) , ˌmē-​ \ adjective

Examples of menopause in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Making my small world better gave me the empathy and context to apply my skills to a big problem–literally every biological woman will go through menopause–and one that’s often ignored. Joshua Mahoney, Fortune, 18 Apr. 2022 Hair loss in women may be traced to a number of factors, of which menopause may be one, said Dr. Emma Guttman, director of the Kimberly and Eric J. Waldman department of Dermatology for Mount Sinai Health System. NBC News, 16 Feb. 2022 For Sam Raymond, the restless heroine of Dana Spiotta’s latest novel, menopause is reason enough to re-evaluate everything. New York Times, 15 Dec. 2021 Thus, menopause is a universal experience for women. Vicki Salemi, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Most had gone through menopause, a time during which estrogen typically drops. Tara Law, Time, 18 Feb. 2022 And just like that, a common misconception about menopause was corrected last week on AJLT. Julie Mazziotta,, 1 Feb. 2022 Starting estrogen in women over 60, or more than 10 years after menopause, led to an increase in heart disease. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 25 Feb. 2022 The discharge might be pale, pink, or brown in color and may come between your periods or after menopause. Rebekah Kuschmider,, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of menopause

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for menopause

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

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The first known use of menopause was in 1822

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3 May 2022

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“Menopause.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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
(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

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

Other Words from menopause

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

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