pre·​men·​o·​pause ˌprē-ˈme-nə-ˌpȯz How to pronounce premenopause (audio)
variants or less commonly pre-menopause
: 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
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Examples of premenopause in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But, frankly, navigating premenopause symptoms, a.k.a. perimenopause, can still be kind of infuriating. Macaela MacKenzie, Glamour, 23 Mar. 2023 What are some premenopause symptoms? Macaela MacKenzie, Glamour, 23 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of premenopause was in 1926

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“Premenopause.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


-ˈmen-ə-ˌpȯz, -ˈmēn-
variants also pre-menopause
: the entire period of a woman's life that precedes menopause
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