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 One year after this break-up, knowing that both her mother and grandmother had experienced menopause at an unusually early age, Ali decided to freeze her eggs at a clinic in Maidenhead. Vicky Spratt,, "Real Talk, Should You Actually Freeze Your Eggs?," 13 Nov. 2020 Tapping into that spending power, a multitude of apps and tech companies have sprung up in the past decade to address women's needs, including tracking menstruation and fertility, and offering solutions for pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause. Farah Nayeri New York Times, Star Tribune, "Is 'femtech' the next big thing in health care?," 15 Apr. 2021 This could be because the ability to taste bitterness declines at menopause. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "This strange condition could explain why your tongue feels weird," 5 Mar. 2021 Essentially, what happens to the skin during menopause is a perfect storm of life events, which, when combined, cause major changes. Kristin Booker, Allure, "How to Deal With Hormonal Acne During Menopause," 28 Oct. 2020 Male menopause is a psychosocial, biological reality that has hormonal roots. Elaine Pofeldt, Forbes, "He Built A Million-Dollar, One-Man Business Helping Couples Save Troubled Marriages. Now He’s Guiding Them Through COVID-19," 28 Feb. 2021 Other risk factors include a history of UTIs, menopause, pregnancy, the use of spermicides that might change vaginal bacteria and an enlarged prostate. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Doctors treat female UTIs with wrong antibiotics nearly half the time, study finds," 24 Feb. 2021 While the show’s host (Cecily Strong) gets menopause early and the DJ (Ego Nwodim) combusts out of disgust, King does an incredible job of selling Kendra’s fetish. Matthew Love, Vulture, "Saturday Night Live Recap: Regina King Is Horny for Corny," 14 Feb. 2021 And then a related question arises—how old is menopause? Elizabeth Landau, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Much Did Grandmothers Influence Human Evolution?," 4 Jan. 2021

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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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“Menopause.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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


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

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