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.

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The bill’s mandate to provide the products to people who menstruate covers all correctional facilities. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Oregon House passes mandate for free tampons in prisons, jails," 10 June 2019 Finally, women whose first menstrual period occurred between the ages of 10 and 13 were 22 percent less likely to develop dementia later in life than were women who did not begin to menstruate until age 16. Melissa Healy, The Seattle Times, "Pregnancy and childbirth may protect some women from developing dementia," 23 July 2018 In some villages, menstruating women are sent to cow sheds. New York Times, "Where a Taboo Is Leading to the Deaths of Young Girls," 19 June 2018 This is because the hormone imbalance involved can prevent you from menstruating for some time. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s When to See a Doctor About Period Clots," 1 Mar. 2019 Either way, don’t fret my sleep enthusiasts, there is good news for all who menstruate. Danielle Sinay, Teen Vogue, "The Best Sleeping Positions for Period Cramp Relief," 13 Mar. 2019 One study published in PLoS One had 50 healthy coffee drinkers who were biologically incapable of menstruating participate in two trials, each lasting for three days. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is Coffee Actually Dehydrating?," 6 Mar. 2019 Some worry the subway could interrupt prayers and desecrate holy ground, fearing that if nonmembers or menstruating women pass below while riding on it, the sanctity of the temple will be destroyed. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "‘You Have to Actually Cut Open Mumbai’s Belly’—Inside One of the World’s Most Audacious Transit Projects," 6 Jan. 2019 Some religious figures consider menstruating women to be impure. Ashok Sharma, The Seattle Times, "Indian temple set to allow entry to females who menstruate," 17 Oct. 2018

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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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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


intransitive verb
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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