men·​ses | \ ˈmen-(ˌ)sēz How to pronounce menses (audio) \

Definition of menses

: the menstrual flow

Examples of menses in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These early laws were directed at the medications sold to ‘bring on the menses,’ which may or may not have succeeded in inducing miscarriages, but sometimes poisoned and killed women who took them. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 5 May 2022 Following menses, which typically lasts three to five days, estrogen rises, peaking on day 14, right before ovulation. Jason Karp, Outside Online, 14 Mar. 2014 Those traveling north often used tree bark for shoe soles, and women would brew a drink out of wild lettuce to control their menses. Liza Weisstuch, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Mar. 2022 The study did not discover any change in the length of bleeding, or menses, in people after they were vaccinated. oregonlive, 6 Jan. 2022 The Last Man, which features a cast almost entirely composed of period-havers, doesn't talk about menses much. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 19 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of menses

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for menses

Latin, literally, months, plural of mensis month — more at moon

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11 May 2022

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“Menses.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
men·​ses | \ ˈmen-ˌsēz How to pronounce menses (audio) \

Medical Definition of menses

: the menstrual flow

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