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

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Medical Dictionary

premenopause

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

medical Definition of premenopause

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

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up premenopause? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a lighting electrician on a movie set

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens-painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!