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[men-stroo-eyt, -streyt] /ˈmɛn struˌeɪt, -streɪt/
verb (used without object), menstruated, menstruating.
to undergo menstruation.
Origin of menstruate
1640-50; v. use of earlier menstruate menstruous, Middle English < Late Latin mēnstruātus, equivalent to mēnstru(a) monthly courses (see menstrual) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
unmenstruating, adjective Unabridged
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  • And when the woman is on the point of ceasing to menstruate she does not do so smoothly and comfortably.


    William J. Robinson
  • Many women do not menstruate and do not become pregnant while they are nursing.


    William J. Robinson
  • The consumptive girl did not menstruate because she had not the vitality to do so.

  • It is extremely rare for a woman to conceive who does not menstruate regularly.

    Fruits of Philosophy Charles Knowlton
  • When the girl returns to the tent it is known that she has begun to menstruate.

British Dictionary definitions for menstruate


(intransitive) to undergo menstruation
Word Origin
C17: from Latin menstruāre, from mensis month
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Word Origin and History for menstruate

1680s, probably a back-formation from menstruation, or else from Latin menstruatus, past participle of menstruare. Related: Menstruated; menstruating.

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menstruate in Medicine

menstruate men·stru·ate (měn'strōō-āt')
v. men·stru·at·ed, men·stru·at·ing, men·stru·ates
To undergo menstruation.

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