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

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Recent Examples on the Web Non-profit organization PERIOD launched the inaugural Period Day Saturday to call for menstrual equity. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Inaugural National Period Day calls for menstrual equity," 19 Oct. 2019 The teens, pictured above, are part of the Connecticut chapter of PERIOD — a national advocacy group pushing for menstrual equity. Mikala Kane,, "Good news this week: A Hartford woman avoids deportation, teens fight to end period stigma and Travelers employees plant trees in a Hartford park," 18 Oct. 2019 It’s long been used to treat women with excessive menstrual bleeding and to stanch bleeding in surgery and trauma patients. Melissa Healystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Drugs for heartburn, gout and depression now being tested as coronavirus treatments," 2 May 2020 The most common fibroid symptom is heavy menstrual bleeding. Hilda Hutcherson, New York Times, "Uterine Fibroids Can Wreak Reproductive Havoc. What Are They?," 17 Apr. 2020 Tampon and pad brand Kotex will air an ad featuring a red substance that looks more like actual menstrual blood. Fortune, "Goldman Sachs introduces its own gender quota for IPOs," 24 Jan. 2020 The Santa Cruz County woman accused of flinging a cup of menstrual blood at state senators in September has been charged with two felonies, according to court records. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Alleged blood-thrower charged with felony assault on public official," 10 Jan. 2020 An 18-year-old at Josiah Quincy Upper School in the South End said the bathroom disorder — including overflowing trash barrels and the stench of menstrual blood — impede her ability to focus on schoolwork., "Eleven-year-old Louisiana vividly remembers sitting in her fourth-grade math class one afternoon two years ago, rocking back and forth and shaking one leg. She needed to distract her mind from her uncomfortably full bladder. It had been hours since she’d gone.," 8 Dec. 2019 While a very small number of people are born with a hymen that's completely closed up, most people have a small opening in their hymen already to allow things like menstrual blood through. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "T.I. Taking His Daughter for Hymen Tests Is a Violation of Her Privacy," 6 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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27 May 2020

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“Menstrual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 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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