menstruation

noun
men·stru·a·tion | \ ˌmen(t)-strü-ˈwā-shən , men-ˈstrā- \

Definition of menstruation 

: a cyclical discharging of blood, secretions, and tissue debris from the uterus that recurs in nonpregnant breeding-age primate females at approximately monthly intervals and that is considered to represent a readjustment of the uterus to the nonpregnant state following proliferative changes accompanying the preceding ovulation also : period sense 6c

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Synonyms for menstruation

Synonyms

period

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Examples of menstruation in a Sentence

a first menstruation can be somewhat scary for girls who are unprepared

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The fluctuation in hormones during menstruation can cause acne. Nazanin Saedi, Philly.com, "The real reasons we get adult acne and how to treat it," 11 July 2018 In the past year, for example, Unicode faced a sensitive matter: whether to include a menstruation emoji. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Delicate Art of Creating New Emoji," 28 June 2018 On May 28, social media users from around the world commemorated Menstrual Hygiene Day by calling for an end to the stigma surrounding menstruation. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Menstrual Hygiene Day Sparks Social Media Hashtag #MenstruationMatters," 28 May 2018 Or as bold a statement as speaking to classmates about menstruation, a taboo topic. Elizabeth Llorente | Fox News, Fox News, "Hasidic 'defectors' find challenges, isolation in pursuing a new life," 13 June 2018 In 2015, a clip of Esposito performing a joke about menstruation went viral. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Cameron Esposito's New Special Is Called Rape Jokes — & She's A Little Nervous About It," 11 June 2018 With a pink icon featuring sperm on a clock, the application provides an array of trackers such as basal body temperature, ovulation and menstruation to advise the best days to try to conceive. Serenitie Wang, CNN, "Recovering from one child: China's growing fertility problem," 7 May 2018 As a Global Ambassador for World Vision, Meghan traveled to India to meet with women impacted by the stigma attached to menstruation. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Perfect LBD to her Most Recent Royal Engagement with Prince Harry," 19 Apr. 2018 When menstruation stops, either temporarily because of pregnancy or permanently because of menopause, symptoms of endometriosis subside. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Frustrated endometriosis patients fuel surge in activism while seeking answers," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of menstruation

1686, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of menstruation was in 1686

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menstruation

noun
men·stru·a·tion | \ ˌmen-strə-ˈwā-shən , men-ˈstrā-shən \

Kids Definition of menstruation

: a discharge of bloody fluid from the uterus that usually happens each month

menstruation

noun
men·stru·a·tion | \ ˌmen(t)-strə-ˈwā-shən, men-ˈstrā- \

Medical Definition of menstruation 

: a discharging of blood, secretions, and tissue debris from the uterus that recurs in nonpregnant human and other primate females of breeding age at approximately monthly intervals and that is considered to represent a readjustment of the uterus to the nonpregnant state following proliferative changes accompanying the preceding ovulation also : period sense 1b

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