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or dys·men·or·rhoe·a

noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. painful menstruation.
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Origin of dysmenorrhea

From New Latin, dating back to 1800–10; see origin at dys-, menorrhea
Related formsdys·men·or·rhe·al, adjective
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Historical Examples

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

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British Dictionary definitions for dysmenorrhoea


esp US dysmenorrhea

  1. abnormally difficult or painful menstruation
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Derived Formsdysmenorrhoeal or esp US dysmenorrheal, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from dys- + Greek mēn month + rhoiā a flowing
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dysmenorrhoea in Medicine


  1. A condition marked by painful menstruation.menorrhalgia
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dysmenorrhoea in Science


  1. Painful menstruation.
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