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

Definition of menses

: the menstrual flow

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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“Menses.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of menses

medical : the flow of blood that comes from a woman's body each month


noun plural 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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