premenopause

noun pre·men·o·pause \ ˌprē-ˈme-nə-ˌpȯz , -ˈmē- \
variants: or less commonly pre-menopause

Definition of premenopause

: the period of a woman's life that precedes menopause
  • When does menopause start? Basically, there are four intervals of importance: (1) premenopause consists of the reproductive years, from the first menstrual period to menopause …
  • —Michelle P. Warren
— compare perimenopause

First Known Use of premenopause

1926

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premenopause

noun pre·meno·pause \ -ˈmen-ə-ˌpȯz, -ˈmēn- \

medical Definition of premenopause

: the premenopausal period of a woman's life; especially : perimenopause

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