noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Physiology.

Origin of catamenia

1745–55; < New Latin < Greek katamḗnia, neuter plural of Greek katamḗnios monthly, equivalent to kata- cata- + mḗn month + -ios -ious
Related formscat·a·me·ni·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for catamenia

menses, catamenia, menorrhea

Examples from the Web for catamenia

Historical Examples of catamenia

  • It is also called the catamenia or catamenia-flow (Greek, kata—by, men—a month).


    William J. Robinson

  • Menstruous is, 'having the catamenia;'( 79 ) and this last word is wanting, a frequent mode of definition in this book.

  • Perhaps the venous hmorrhages obey the lunar periods, as the catamenia, and hmorrhoids.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I

    Erasmus Darwin

  • Three years ago, catamenia lasted only five days, but latterly it extended to seven.

  • Catamenia became regular, appetite good, and patient could walk without assistance.

British Dictionary definitions for catamenia


pl n

physiol another word for menses
Derived Formscatamenial, adjective

Word Origin for catamenia

C18: from New Latin, from Greek katamēnia menses
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