menstruation

noun
men·​stru·​a·​tion | \ ˌmen(t)-strü-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce menstruation (audio) , 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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Examples of menstruation in a Sentence

a first menstruation can be somewhat scary for girls who are unprepared
Recent Examples on the Web But Traverso says that the team is planning to hone their device to release hormones for three weeks, then taper off to allow for menstruation, reports Neergaard. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Once-a-Month Birth Control Pill Seems to Have Worked in Pigs. Are People Next?," 5 Dec. 2019 While non-hormonal IUDs like Paragard are effective for up to 10 years, hormonal versions cause lighter periods or sometimes end menstruation altogether. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "What a new longer-lasting hormonal IUD means for women," 2 Nov. 2019 Cis women who can't menstruate and trans women are harmed by the assumption that menstruation defines femininity. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Always is removing the female symbol from its packaging to be more inclusive," 22 Oct. 2019 This special has everything: Elaborate descriptions of pads, a run-through of every type of period product on the market, and a disassembling of the shame around menstruation—a perfectly normal and healthy thing!—that women get saddled with. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Amy Schumer Gets Extremely Real About Periods in Her New Netflix Special," 20 Mar. 2019 There’s so much stigma around menstruation that many young women are left without any point of comparison. Maya Dusenbery, Teen Vogue, "Endometriosis Is Going Undiagnosed Due to the Normalization of Menstrual Pain," 15 Mar. 2018 Mebrahtu has teamed up with the nonprofit, Dignity Period, to end the stigma around the issue by speaking at schools and teaching girls and boys that menstruation is natural, not shameful. Tricia Escobedo, CNN, "Meet the 2019 CNN Hero of the Year," 8 Dec. 2019 School attendance for girls worldwide drops precipitously around puberty, and though there are a number of reasons, menstruation is a major factor. Time, "My Company Wanted to Show a Tampon String in an Ad. Major TV Networks Told Us to Remove It," 21 Oct. 2019 Then the organ must be quickly implanted and must function correctly—ultimately producing menstruation in its recipient. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "How a Transgender Woman Could Get Pregnant," 15 June 2016

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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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27 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Menstruation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/menstruation. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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menstruation

noun
men·​stru·​a·​tion | \ ˌmen-strə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce menstruation (audio) , 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- How to pronounce menstruation (audio) \

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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