pre·​men·​stru·​al | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈmen(t)-strə-wəl How to pronounce premenstrual (audio) , -strəl \

Definition of premenstrual

: of, relating to, occurring in, or being the period just preceding menstruation premenstrual tension premenstrual symptoms

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Other Words from premenstrual

premenstrually adverb

Examples of premenstrual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mahalingaiah, an expert in women’s health, likened post-vaccine cravings for salty foods — which help retain water — to premenstrual cravings., 29 Apr. 2021 Many women have noticed that their menstrual cycles have changed, becoming longer or shorter, uncharacteristically erratic or with worse premenstrual symptoms. Eleanor Morgan,, 29 Mar. 2021 Anyone who has experienced premenstrual distress knows how real the emotion is. Eleanor Morgan,, 10 Sep. 2020 This might mean tossing and turning, waking up feeling fatigued, or straight up not sleeping more than a couple hours during premenstrual days., 5 Aug. 2019 After that, your rising estrogen and progesterone levels drop, which is when most women experience those awful premenstrual symptoms like cramping, irritability, and anxiety. Maggie O'neill,, 29 Aug. 2019 The symptoms vary greatly and it is now believed that as many as 150 different premenstrual symptoms exist., 5 Aug. 2019 The vegetable’s diuretic effects come from the amino acid Asparagine, and has been used to treat swelling, rheumatism, and premenstrual water retention. Stephanie Feuer, Good Housekeeping, 5 Sep. 2017 During this week, the imbalance of estrogen and progesterone can affect your levels of serotonin and bring on strong premenstrual-syndrome symptoms. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, 27 May 2010

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First Known Use of premenstrual

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of premenstrual was in 1864

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“Premenstrual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of premenstrual

: happening just before a woman's menstrual period : before menstruation


pre·​men·​stru·​al | \ ˌprē-ˈmen(t)-strə(-wə)l How to pronounce premenstrual (audio) \

Medical Definition of premenstrual

: of, relating to, occurring in, or being in the period just preceding menstruation premenstrual women

Other Words from premenstrual

premenstrually \ -​ē How to pronounce premenstrual (audio) \ adverb

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