men·​stru·​al | \ ˈmen(t)-strü-əl How to pronounce menstrual (audio) , -strəl \

Definition of menstrual

: of or relating to menstruation

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Other Words from menstrual

menstrually adverb

Examples of menstrual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However pads and menstrual cups may be exempt from this requirement. Popular Science, "Period underwear may contain troubling chemicals—but the real problem is much bigger," 15 Jan. 2020 According to the Mayo Clinic, an endometrial ablation involves removing the lining of the uterus to reduce or stop the menstrual flow. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Here's Why You Might Experience Dizziness During Your Period — and Why You Shouldn't Ignore It," 16 Aug. 2019 The latest menstrual product to come under scrutiny is period underwear. Popular Science, "Period underwear may contain troubling chemicals—but the real problem is much bigger," 15 Jan. 2020 Additionally, menstrual hygiene products sold in the U.S. are still subject to sales tax in 32 states. NBC News, "For transgender men, pain of menstruation is more than just physical," 11 Jan. 2020 In 2016, New York banned taxes on menstrual products and last year enacted laws mandating equal pay and barring companies from asking about salary history. USA TODAY, "$4 million dome home, owl surprise Christmas guest, cold sea turtles, red snapper: News from around our 50 states," 23 Dec. 2019 Reproductive history: Women whose menstrual periods began before age 12 or those who didn't start menopause until after age 55 are exposed to hormones longer, which raises their risk. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Answers to your questions about breast cancer screening: Is a 3D mammogram better?," 4 Nov. 2019 Similarly, places like Chicago’s Oriole and Seattle’s Harry’s Fine Foods keep menstrual products in their restrooms for customers. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "The Best Things Restaurants Did in 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 The Eugene School Board adopted a policy to provide free menstrual products in district bathrooms for grades six through 12 this week. oregonlive, "Portland schools have nation’s best cafeteria noodles, Eugene district to provide free menstrual products: The week in education," 23 Nov. 2019

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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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5 Feb 2020

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“Menstrual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce menstrual (audio) \

Medical Definition of menstrual

: of or relating to menstruation

Other Words from menstrual

menstrually adverb
a menstrually related migraine

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