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

Definition of menstruate

Examples of menstruate in a Sentence

She began menstruating at the age of 12.
Recent Examples on the Web Is the vaccine still safe for people who menstruate? Hannah Smothers, SELF, 1 Aug. 2022 There are additional ways to support those who menstruate, said Sarah Verbiest, such as office space to rest or nap or free menstrual hygiene products in restrooms. Angela Haupt, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 People who menstruate can't simply wait for the shelves to be restocked. Allison Morrow, CNN, 10 June 2022 What kind of difference does the free and easy accessibility of menstrual products make for people who menstruate? San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 May 2022 Between 15 to 25 percent of people who menstruate will experience moderate to severe menstrual cramps, according to Siobán Harlow, a professor of epidemiology and global public health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Angela Haupt, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 Across the world, there are 3.5 billion people who menstruate. Moms Helping Moms, Forbes, 1 May 2022 For example, someone with a transverse vaginal septum, meaning they’re born with a wall of tissue that separates parts of the vagina6, might not menstruate or have a hard time inserting a tampon. SELF, 25 Feb. 2022 Yet, one of the biggest barrier for those who menstruate in the United States remains the sales tax that is not exempted for menstrual products. Kaanita Iyer, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2021 See More

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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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6 Aug 2022

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“Menstruate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for menstruate


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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