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 Future studies using the database will examine other aspects of menstruation, such as whether periods were heavier or more painful after vaccination. New York Times, 6 Jan. 2022 Global efforts to reduce sanitary products’ onerous pricing and the stigma around menstruation have been slowly gaining ground since 2004, when Kenya became the first country to abolish its tax on those products. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2021 As with many aspects of women’s health, there is a lack of data on menstruation. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 20 Dec. 2021 Taboos against periods are likewise considered to be the exclusive purview of supposedly unenlightened countries such as Ethiopia or rural India — places with menstruation huts and backward superstitions about women. Jeva Lange, The Week, 2 Sep. 2021 Even so, the Japanese precedent has proliferated a cluster of similar policies across East Asia—from South Korea to Taiwan and several provinces in China—rooted in the idea of women’s fragility during menstruation. Ashifa Kassam, Time, 8 Oct. 2021 One famous example is the first iteration of Apple’s health app, which didn’t even include any tracking on menstruation or fertility. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 6 Dec. 2021 Headaches, dizziness, gastrointestinal disorders, nausea, abdominal pain lower, diarrhoea, vomiting and irregular menstruation are listed among the most common side effects (≥ 1/10) of a single dose. Rose Stokes, refinery29.com, 5 Dec. 2021 Severe side effects that require immediate attention include nausea, vomiting, changes in heartbeat, irregular menstruation, hives, and difficulty breathing. Sarah Fielding, Health.com, 17 Nov. 2021

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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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15 Jan 2022

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“Menstruation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/menstruation. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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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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