or dys·men·or·rhoe·a

[ dis-men-uh-ree-uh ]
/ ˌdɪs mɛn əˈri ə /

noun Medicine/Medical.

painful menstruation.

Origin of dysmenorrhea

From New Latin, dating back to 1800–10; see origin at dys-, menorrhea

OTHER WORDS FROM dysmenorrhea

dys·men·or·rhe·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dysmenorrhoea

  • Dysmenorrhoea, difficult or obstructed menstruation, is a term used for menstruation accompanied by pain.

British Dictionary definitions for dysmenorrhoea


esp US dysmenorrhea

/ (ˌdɪsmɛnəˈrɪə, dɪsˌmɛn-) /


abnormally difficult or painful menstruation

Derived forms of dysmenorrhoea

dysmenorrhoeal or esp US dysmenorrheal, adjective

Word Origin for dysmenorrhoea

C19: from dys- + Greek mēn month + rhoiā a flowing
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Medical definitions for dysmenorrhoea



A condition marked by painful menstruation.menorrhalgia
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Scientific definitions for dysmenorrhoea

[ dĭs-mĕn′ə-rēə ]

Painful menstruation.
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