men·​stru·​ate | \ ˈmen(t)-strü-ˌwāt How to pronounce menstruate (audio) , ˈmen-ˌstrāt \
menstruated; menstruating

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Examples of menstruate in a Sentence

She began menstruating at the age of 12.
Recent Examples on the Web On the flip side, there are plenty of cisgender women who don’t menstruate for reasons such as menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, uterine disorders, and birth control regimens. Hannah Seo, Popular Science, "Trans people’s access to health care is imperiled, but a recent Supreme Court case might help," 23 June 2020 Rowling’s tweet was implying that only women get their periods, erasing the nonbinary and transmasculine people who also menstruate., "J.K. Rowling’s Transphobic Tweets Shouldn’t Be A Surprise," 8 June 2020 These hormones signal the brain to release the hormones responsible for stimulating your ovaries...which in turn tell your uterus to menstruate. Taylyn Washington-harmon,, "Why Is My Period Late—Could Stress Be the Cause?," 14 May 2020 Like the Hebrew ascetics who wrote the Bible, and the African shamans who ban menstruating women from villages, and his own father, Trump is infected with the ancient patriarchal belief that women’s natural functions are taboo. Nina Burleigh, The New Republic, "Trump’s Women Are Trapped in a Cult of “Empowerment”," 13 Apr. 2020 Specifically, the report called for funding in schools so that menstruating students can also access the same kind of supplies. Adryan Corcione,, "Why Ivanka Trump Wants Free Tampons For Incarcerated Women," 27 Feb. 2020 To be eligible, participants must have menstruated at least once in their life. Rebecca Robbins, Scientific American, "Apple Launches Virtual Health Studies Aiming to Enroll Hundreds of Thousands of Customers," 14 Nov. 2019 Arnold eventually stopped after learning Wong was menstruating, which allowed Wong to leave, the complaint says. Josh Noel,, "Former Lettuce Entertain You wine director accused of sexual assault in lawsuit," 11 Oct. 2019 Only supplies approved by authorities enter quarantined cities; a volunteer organization finally sent the workers adult diapers to wear while menstruating. Fortune, "Levi Strauss marks the next phase in corporate paid leave policies," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of menstruate

1713, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for menstruate

Late Latin menstruatus, past participle of menstruari, from Latin menstrua menses, from neuter plural of menstruus monthly, from mensis

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The first known use of menstruate was in 1713

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30 Jun 2020

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“Menstruate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of menstruate

of a woman : to have blood flow from your body as part of a process that happens each month
men·​stru·​ate | \ ˈmen(t)-strə-ˌwāt, ˈmen-ˌstrāt How to pronounce menstruate (audio) \
menstruated; menstruating

Medical Definition of menstruate

: to undergo menstruation

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