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[men-uh-pawz] /ˈmɛn əˌpɔz/
noun, Physiology.
the period of permanent cessation of menstruation, usually occurring between the ages of 45 and 55.
Origin of menopause
From the French word ménopause, dating back to 1870-75. See meno-, pause Unabridged
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  • The time of its disappearance is known as "the change of life, or menopause."

  • On the other hand, it is common in insane females and in normal women after the menopause.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • In the chapter on menstruation I referred briefly to the menopause.


    William J. Robinson
  • The age at which menstruation ceases is called the menopause or climacteric.


    William J. Robinson
  • On the other hand the Mo seem to have no special rites to mark the menopause.

British Dictionary definitions for menopause


the period during which a woman's menstrual cycle ceases, normally occurring at an age of 45 to 50 Nontechnical name change of life
Derived Forms
menopausal, (rare) menopausic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Greek mēn month + pausis halt
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Word Origin and History for menopause

1852 (from 1845 as a French word in English), from French ménopause, from medical Latin menopausis, from Greek men (genitive menos) "month" (see moon (n.)) + pausis "a cessation, a pause," from pauein "to cause to cease" (see pause (n.)). Earlier it was change of life.

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menopause in Medicine

menopause men·o·pause (měn'ə-pôz')
The period marked by the natural and permanent cessation of menstruation, occurring usually between the ages of 45 and 55.

men'o·paus'al adj.
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menopause in Science
The time at which menstruation ceases, occurring usually between 45 and 55 years of age in humans.
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menopause in Culture
menopause [(men-uh-pawz)]

The period in a woman's life when her menstrual cycles stop. Menopause typically occurs between the ages of forty-five and fifty-five.

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