post·​men·​o·​paus·​al | \ˌpōs(t)-ˌme-nə-ˈpȯ-zəl, -ˌmē-\

Definition of postmenopausal 

1 : having undergone menopause

2 : occurring or administered after menopause

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postmenopausally \ ˌpōs(t)-​ˌme-​nə-​ˈpȯ-​zə-​lē , -​ˌmē-​ \ adverb
postmenopause \ ˌpōs(t)-​ˈme-​nə-​ˌpȯz , -​ˈmē-​ \ noun

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These two facts highlight why bone breaks in this postmenopausal population are so prolific. Andreas Arauer, USA TODAY, "Why aren’t we talking about osteoporosis?," 30 May 2018 Research also suggests that too much salt can negatively affect bone health in young girls and postmenopausal women. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Curbing salt intake could add years to your life," 26 Apr. 2018 Today a woman can expect to live for 81 years – which means decades of postmenopausal lifetime. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Searing drama it’s not. But ‘Menopause The Musical’ has fun with an often-overlooked phase of life," 29 Mar. 2018 The Women's Health Initiative Study was a long-term national study following 161,808 postmenopausal women, ages 50 to 79, at 40 medical centers across the United States. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Hormone replacement may fight belly fat, study says," 27 Mar. 2018 Contraceptive use did not seem to affect the risk for postmenopausal colorectal or breast cancer. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Oral Contraceptives Reduce Risk for Ovarian and Endometrial Cancers," 19 Jan. 2018 To get our top stories delivered to your inbox, sign up for the HEALTH newsletter Workplace exposure before age 36 to solvents, textiles, and inks were associated with postmenopausal breast cancer in one study., "The Link Between These Everyday Chemicals and Breast Cancer Risk Just Got Stronger," 12 Oct. 2017 If vigorous exercise isn’t possible, moderate physical activity has also been shown to reduce the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. Theo Thimou, ajc, "Study: Daily glass of wine or beer can increase breast cancer risk by nearly 10%," 23 May 2017 In the study, Parikh and her colleagues used postmenopausal women in the Women’s Health Initiative, an observational study and clinical trial of nearly 162,000 U.S. women from 1993-1998. Tracy Seipel, The Mercury News, "Early menopause may impact women’s heart disease risk," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of postmenopausal

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of postmenopausal

: having gone through menopause

: happening after menopause


post·​meno·​paus·​al | \-ˌmen-ə-ˈpȯ-zəl \

Medical Definition of postmenopausal 

1 : having undergone menopause postmenopausal women

2 : occurring after menopause postmenopausal osteoporosis

Other Words from postmenopausal

postmenopausally \ -​ē \ adverb

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