menstruation

noun

men·​stru·​a·​tion ˌmen(t)-strü-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce menstruation (audio)
men-ˈstrā-
: 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

Examples of menstruation in a Sentence

a first menstruation can be somewhat scary for girls who are unprepared
Recent Examples on the Web That could start with menstrual management (many birth controls cause cessation of menstruation completely), switching to a BPA-free menstrual cup or disc, and remembering there are toxic metals in many other aspects of life. Margaux Anbouba, Vogue, 10 July 2024 This disrupts the tightly orchestrated hormonal cycle required for ovulation, menstruation and pregnancy. Natalie C. Tronson, The Conversation, 24 June 2024 Even so, scientists studying menstrual blood say they have been met with a reluctance rooted in cultural taboos about menstruation. Seyward Darby, Longreads, 27 June 2024 Although primarily taken for birth control, many people also use hormonal contraceptives to manage a variety of symptoms related to menstruation, from cramps and acne to mood swings. Natalie C. Tronson, The Conversation, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for menstruation 

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Word History

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of menstruation was in 1686

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“Menstruation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/menstruation. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

menstruation

noun
men·​stru·​a·​tion ˌmen(t)-strə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce menstruation (audio)
men-ˈstrā-shən
: a discharging of blood, secretions, and tissue debris from the uterus at periods of approximately one month in female primates of breeding age that are not pregnant

Medical Definition

menstruation

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

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