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menses

[men-seez] /ˈmɛn siz/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) Physiology.
1.
the periodic flow of blood and mucosal tissue from the uterus; menstrual flow.
Origin of menses
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin mēnsēs, plural of mēnsis month

mense

[mens] /mɛns/ British Dialect
noun
1.
propriety; discretion.
verb (used with object), mensed, mensing.
2.
to adorn; bring honor to; grace.
Origin
1490-1500; variant (north) of mensk, Middle English menske courtesy, honor < Old Norse menska humanity, cognate with Old English menniscu literally, the human state; akin to mensch. See man1, -ish1
Related forms
menseful, adjective
menseless, adjective

men's

or mens

[menz] /mɛnz/
noun, plural men's.
1.
a range of sizes in even and odd numbers for garments made for men.
2.
a garment in this size range.
3.
the department or section of a store where these garments are sold.
Origin
men + 's1
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Examples from the Web for menses
Historical Examples
  • When I had taken two bottles it had all left me and menses appeared.

  • Labor occurs at about the time in which the menses would have appeared.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • Get rid of the bad health and the menses will take care of themselves.

  • By menorrhagia we understand an immoderate flow of the menses.

  • Mothers should instruct their daughters when the menses are apt to begin, and what their function is.

    Sex Henry Stanton
  • Speaking generally, relations during the menses should be discouraged.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson
  • For these reasons relations during the menses are undesirable.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson
  • "Not to see anything" is a common term for having missed the menses.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson
  • Change of climate or of country will often have an influence on the menses.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson
  • I know another one who has her menses every fourth Wednesday, about seven in the morning.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for menses

menses

/ˈmɛnsiːz/
noun (pl) menses
1.
another name for menstruation
2.
the period of time, usually from three to five days, during which menstruation occurs
3.
the matter discharged during menstruation
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, pl of mensis month
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Word Origin and History for menses
n.

"monthly discharge of blood from the uterus," 1590s, from Latin menses, plural of mensis "month" (see moon (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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menses in Medicine

menses men·ses (měn'sēz)
n.
The monthly flow of blood and cellular debris from the uterus that begins at puberty and ceases at menopause. Also called emmenia, menstrual period.

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menses in Science
menses
  (měn'sēz)   
See menstruation.
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