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 And if exploring vaginal cannabis products is of interest, Quim’s everyday CBD (or THC) oil can be used for everything from menstruation relief to post-shower TLC. Martine Thompson, Bon Appétit, "These 5 Things in My “Joy Toolbox” Are Getting Me Through Winter," 22 Dec. 2020 Marketing is composed of vintage advertisements reworked to tell a modern narrative around menstruation. Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times, "You’ve been doing your period all wrong: An L.A. company smashes menstruation taboos," 11 Dec. 2020 That’s not to say that nothing can be done; Congress took a step toward rectifying the vagaries around menstruation supplies this year. Chandra Bozelko, Fortune, "Why business must help end ‘period poverty’ for women in America," 10 Dec. 2020 Menopause, like menstruation, is often talked about in whispers. Lindsay Warner, Outside Online, "The Athlete's Guide to Menopause," 8 Dec. 2020 There’s a luxury sales tax on menstruation supplies. Allison Hatfield, Dallas News, "A young Dallas woman addresses period poverty with a new clothing line," 23 Nov. 2020 And in China and India, provinces and companies are increasingly adopting menstruation leave policies with a range of entitlements. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Should women be entitled to period leave? These countries think so," 20 Nov. 2020 In the year 2020, menstruation is still stigmatized. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "This Startup Founder Is De-Stigmatizing Periods One Menstrual Cup At A Time," 20 Oct. 2020 In this short docu-film, a group of Indian women decide it’s time to fight the all-time stigma surrounding menstruation, and begin manufacturing sanitary pads. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "The 19 Best Documentaries on Netflix to Watch Right Now," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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28 Dec 2020

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“Menstruation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/menstruation. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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