men·​stru·​ate | \ ˈmen(t)-strü-ˌwāt , 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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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 Considering that many women menstruate from the ages of about 12 to 50, that adds up. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "How one woman is trying to end period stigma and the “tampon tax”," 18 Oct. 2018 The Nepalese have outlawed chaupadi—the practice of keeping menstruating women and girls apart—but there is no mechanism for enforcement. Laura Landro, WSJ, "‘Nine Pints’ Review: The Stuff of Life," 29 Oct. 2018 Across the world, girls who menstruate are being put at a disadvantage, missing out on education and opportunity, because of a biological inevitability. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "5 Things to Know About Girls on International Day of the Girl," 11 Oct. 2018 According to the Guardian, only 2% of people who menstruate in China use tampons. Maride Espada, Teen Vogue, "Period Taboo Around the World," 28 May 2018 And most women hit menopause and stop menstruating around 51. Sarah Klein,, "Brigitte Nielsen Is Pregnant at 54–Is That Even Safe?," 31 May 2018 Negative notions of female sexuality, or notions of uncleanliness associated with menstruating women, may have all contributed to the word's taboo nature. The Washington Post,, "Let's talk about the c-word -- and why it's so taboo," 2 June 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 \
menstruated; menstruating

Medical Definition of menstruate

: to undergo menstruation

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