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[men-stroo-ey-shuh n, -strey-] /ˌmɛn struˈeɪ ʃən, -ˈstreɪ-/
the periodic discharge of blood and mucosal tissue from the uterus, occurring approximately monthly from puberty to menopause in nonpregnant women and females of other primate species.
the period of menstruating.
Origin of menstruation
1770-80; menstruate + -ion Unabridged
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  • The fact is familiar that the disturbances of menstruation lead to abnormal psychoses.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • This takes four or five days and constitutes "menstruation."

  • menstruation, in general good health, should occur about every twenty-eight days, or once in four weeks.

    Sex Henry Stanton
  • Puberty is the proper time for the appearance of menstruation.

    Sex Henry Stanton
  • I have leucorrhoea and menstruation is very irregular and very free with a good deal of pain.

British Dictionary definitions for menstruation


the approximately monthly discharge of blood and cellular debris from the uterus by nonpregnant women from puberty to the menopause Also called menses Nontechnical name period
Derived Forms
menstruous (ˈmɛnstrʊəs) adjective
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Word Origin and History for menstruation

1680s, from Late Latin menstruare, from menstruus "monthly" (see menstrual) + -ation. Old English equivalent was monaðblot "month-blood." Middle English had menstrue (n.), late 14c., from Old French menstrue, from Latin menstruum.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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menstruation in Medicine

menstruation men·stru·a·tion (měn'strōō-ā'shən)
The process or an instance of discharging the menses.

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menstruation in Science
The monthly flow of blood from the uterus beginning at puberty in girls and other female primates. Also called menses. See also menstrual cycle.
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menstruation in Culture
menstruation [(men-strooh-ay-shuhn)]

The periodic discharge of the blood-enriched lining of the uterus through the vagina. Menstruation marks the end of one menstrual cycle and the beginning of another.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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