men·​stru·​al | \ ˈmen(t)-strü-əl, -strəl\

Definition of menstrual

: of or relating to menstruation

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Other Words from menstrual

menstrually adverb

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Get to know the characteristics of your ovulation and menstrual patterns. Pamela Tsigdinos, Marie Claire, "The Wild World of IVF, Explained," 1 Oct. 2018 Some Washington lawmakers in recent years have unsuccessfully proposed eliminating the sales tax on menstrual hygiene products. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle would consider exempting tampons from sales tax under City Council proposal," 30 Oct. 2018 According to a study in the Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine, fish oil can be extremely useful in treating menstrual cramps. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "8 Ways to Make Your Cramps Suck Less," 6 Sep. 2018 In addition to building schools, the organization pursues a larger mission of peace-building, providing life skills programs and menstrual health care. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "South Sudan’s Female Literacy Rate Is Just 16%. This Refugee-Turned-Model is Fighting to Change That.," 23 Aug. 2018 To have someone see all of those things, plus what my actual menstrual blood looked like (which no one had seen except myself), and not bat an eye or see me differently—that was huge. Ingrid Nilsen,, "How I Learned to Stop Feeling Ashamed of My Body—Thanks to My Period," 9 May 2018 Investigators would later discover traces of menstrual blood on the knife’s handle, the Union-Tribune wrote. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "A woman’s hanging at a mansion was a suicide, police decided. A civil jury says they’re wrong.," 5 Apr. 2018 Visibility for periods is crucial to getting rid of menstrual stigma and ensuring a more equal and feminist world. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The New IHOP Logo Looks Like a Tampon Ad and People Are Into It," 11 June 2018 Reforms are gaining traction, from states seeking to eradicate the sales tax on menstrual supplies (a.k.a., "Meghan Markle Has Championed Menstrual Equity — Here's Why You Should Too," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of menstrual

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of menstrual was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of menstrual

: of or relating to menstruation : of or relating to the flow of blood that comes from a woman's body each month


men·​stru·​al | \ ˈmen(t)-strə(-wə)l \

Medical Definition of menstrual

: of or relating to menstruation

Other Words from menstrual

menstrually adverb
a menstrually related migraine

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