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  1. See under climacteric(def 3).
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climacteric

[klahy-mak-ter-ik, klahy-mak-ter-ik]
noun
  1. Physiology. a period of decrease of reproductive capacity in men and women, culminating, in women, in the menopause.
  2. any critical period.
  3. a year in which important changes in health, fortune, etc., are held by some theories to occur, as one's sixty-third year (grand climacteric).
  4. the period of maximum respiration in a fruit, during which it becomes fully ripened.
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adjective
  1. Also cli·mac·ter·i·cal [klahy-mak-ter-i-kuh l] /ˌklaɪ mækˈtɛr ɪ kəl/. critical; crucial.
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Origin of climacteric

1595–1605; < Latin clīmactēricus < Greek klīmaktērikós (klīmaktḗr rung of a ladder, critical point in life, equivalent to klīmak-, stem of klîmax (see climax) + -tēr noun suffix) + -ikos -ic
Related formscli·mac·ter·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for grand climacteric

climacteric

noun
  1. a critical event or period
  2. another name for menopause
  3. the period in the life of a man corresponding to the menopause, chiefly characterized by diminished sexual activity
  4. botany the period during which certain fruits, such as apples, ripen, marked by a rise in the rate of respiration
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adjective Also: climacterical (ˌklaɪmækˈtɛrɪkəl)
  1. involving a crucial event or period
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Derived Formsclimacterically, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin clīmactēricus, from Greek klimaktērikos, from klimakter rung of a ladder, from klimax ladder; see climax
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Word Origin and History for grand climacteric

climacteric

c.1600 (adj.), 1620s (n.), from Latin climactericus, from Greek klimakterikos "of a critical period," from klimakter "rung of a ladder" (see climax (n.)). A critical stage in human life, a period supposed to be especially liable to change. By some, held to be the years that are multiples of 7 (7, 14, 21, etc.), by others only the odd multiples (7, 21, 35, etc.), and by still others the multiples of 9. The Great Climacteric was the 63rd year (7x9), supposed to be especially critical.

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grand climacteric in Medicine

climacteric

(klī-măktər-ĭk, klī′măk-tĕrĭk)
n.
  1. menopause
  2. perimenopause
  3. The period in a man's life corresponding to female menopause, characterized by decreased libido.