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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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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Because, after all, menstruation is just another very important aspect of health. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "The Apple Watch Can Now Track Your Period," 4 June 2019 In Judaism, the mikveh, a ritual bath, is used by Jewish women to achieve ritual purity after finishing menstruation or giving birth. Christina Cacouris, Marie Claire, "This Artist Uses Gold and Glitter to Destigmatize Period Blood," 11 Sep. 2018 There is a lot of speculation about how the cycles of the moon affect our menstruation in general. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "What to Know About Your Period During the Super Wolf Blood Moon," 15 Jan. 2019 In fact, menstruation is one of the biggest migraine triggers for women. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Headaches Can Tell You About Your Health," 29 Dec. 2018 Like the woman who helped Hilda, people fleeing their home countries in hope of seeking asylum in the U.S. as part of the migrant caravan were relatively prepared for menstruation, thanks in part to aid organizations donating supplies. Annette Lin, Teen Vogue, "Migrant Caravan Teens Talk About What It's Like to Get Your Period," 20 Dec. 2018 But to me, menstruation felt more like a time bomb, a fuse that my body re-lit every single month. Therese Shechter, SELF, "Menopause Was the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me," 13 Mar. 2019 Apps that sent information to Facebook included heart-rate monitor HR Monitor and menstruation-tracking app Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker, the Journal’s testing showed. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "Cuomo Calls for Probe Into Facebook’s Collection of Sensitive Data from Apps," 22 Feb. 2019 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

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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 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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