menstruate

verb

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

Examples of menstruate in a Sentence

She began menstruating at the age of 12.
Recent Examples on the Web The Quran grants exceptions to those who are pregnant, breast-feeding, or menstruating, and to people who are travelling, elderly, or ill. Zaina Arafat, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Exemptions include the elderly, those who are pregnant or menstruating, children who haven’t reached puberty, and people with illnesses. The Enquirer, 7 Mar. 2024 That means people who have started menstruating and individuals going through perimenopause can purchase it. Katia Hetter, CNN, 5 Mar. 2024 Warning signs include irregular or missing periods for people who menstruate, crappy sleep, low energy, a worse-than-normal mood, and digestive problems. Cindy Kuzma, SELF, 4 Mar. 2024 There are hundreds of thousands of women menstruating. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2024 Periods don't always come on schedule, and sometimes a person who menstruates might not track their cycle as far out when booking a Pap smear. Claire Gillespie, Health, 15 Feb. 2024 Hemoglobin molecules contain iron, an essential mineral that Cohn said tends to be lower in menstruating teen girls and young women. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 14 Jan. 2024 While menstruation is experienced across the gender binary, the film itself specifically focuses on the historical and lived experiences of cis-women who menstruate. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, 4 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1713, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of menstruate was in 1713

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Cite this Entry

“Menstruate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/menstruate. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

menstruate

verb
men·​stru·​ate ˈmen(t)-strə-ˌwāt How to pronounce menstruate (audio)
ˈmen-ˌstrāt
: to undergo menstruation

Medical Definition

menstruate

intransitive verb
menstruated; menstruating
: to undergo menstruation

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