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

monthlies, 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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People with vestibular migraines can have specific triggers that bring on these symptoms, like changes in sleep patterns, menstruation, and foods like chocolate, ripened or aged cheese, and red wine, Johns Hopkins Medicine says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell if Vestibular Migraines Are Why You Get Dizzy So Often," 12 July 2018 Many religions observe rules around menstruation, and Hinduism places a special emphasis on purity and pollution. New York Times, "Where a Taboo Is Leading to the Deaths of Young Girls," 19 June 2018 But not all cultures have seen periods as a curse or a source of shame, proof that negative views of menstruation are societal constructs. Loren Savini, Allure, "Breaking the Cycle: Meet the People Who Are Fighting to End Period Stigma," 27 June 2018 As Teen Vogue has documented in other parts of the world, menstruation is often treated as a taboo subject. Annette Lin, Teen Vogue, "Migrant Caravan Teens Talk About What It's Like to Get Your Period," 20 Dec. 2018 The economics of menstruation matter — a good policy can help ensure that the cost of periods does not pose a barrier to anyone’s ability to obtain an education, live with dignity, and participate fully and productively in civic life. Jennifer Weiss-wolf, Teen Vogue, "Tampon Tax Struck Down in Nevada Vote," 7 Nov. 2018 Women with periods spend decades dealing with their bloody companions, whether that's by maintaining a cabinet full of tampons or using birth control to help manage painful menstruation symptoms. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How Long Does Menopause Last?," 6 Sep. 2018 For example, since 2015, Apple added menstruation tracking with iOS 9. Julie Bogen, The Verge, "How period tracking apps helped me regain control after going off the pill," 23 Sep. 2018 Think about it: These doctors practically major in menstruation! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "13 Things No One Tells You About Your First Gyno Visit," 13 Sep. 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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