postmenopausal

adjective

post·​men·​o·​paus·​al ˌpōs(t)-ˌme-nə-ˈpȯ-zəl How to pronounce postmenopausal (audio)
-ˌmē-
1
: having undergone menopause
2
: occurring or administered after menopause
postmenopausally adverb
postmenopause noun

Examples of postmenopausal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many postmenopausal women take supplements to reduce fractures, but in 2018 the task force found vitamin D combined with calcium had no effect on the incidence of fractures in postmenopausal women. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 21 June 2022 But despite their deliberate and extensive efforts to provide inclusive data, the SWAN scientists recently noticed that some women had still been left out: many postmenopausal people who volunteered for the study—particularly those who were Black and Hispanic—had inadvertently been excluded. Jyoti Madhusoodanan, Scientific American, 29 June 2023 In Takotsubo syndrome, 90% of affected patients are postmenopausal women, many of whom have previously been diagnosed with mood disorders or brain diseases, including strokes. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2023 In a similar vein, researchers also found that the risk of developing contralateral breast cancer was higher for premenopausal women with genetic mutations than for postmenopausal women. Julia Landwehr, Health, 26 Jan. 2023 One study found that maca may have a positive effect on libido in postmenopausal women. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Jan. 2023 Half of postmenopausal women develop osteoporosis, more than double the rate of men; menopause quadruples the risk for a cardiovascular event. Jennifer Garrison, WIRED, 21 Dec. 2022 One study suggests eating five to six prunes each day may help to support bone health across the lifespan, especially for postmenopausal women at risk for bone fractures. Valerie Agyeman, Good Housekeeping, 29 Nov. 2022 During moderate exercise, the postmenopausal group was the least able to use fat to power muscles. NBC News, 8 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of postmenopausal was in 1928

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“Postmenopausal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postmenopausal. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

postmenopausal

adjective
post·​meno·​paus·​al -ˌmen-ə-ˈpȯ-zəl How to pronounce postmenopausal (audio)
1
: having undergone menopause
postmenopausal women
2
: occurring after menopause
postmenopausal osteoporosis
postmenopausally adverb
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