menarche

[ muh-nahr-kee, me- ]
/ məˈnɑr ki, mɛ- /

noun Physiology.

the first menstrual period; the establishment of menstruation.

Nearby words

  1. menai strait,
  2. menam,
  3. menander,
  4. menaquinone,
  5. menaquinone ,
  6. menasha,
  7. menat,
  8. menazon,
  9. menchú,
  10. menchú, rigoberta

Origin of menarche

1895–1900; men- + archḗ beginning

Related formsmen·ar·che·al, men·ar·chi·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for menarche

menarche

/ (mɛˈnɑːkɪ) /

noun

the first occurrence of menstruation in a woman's life
Derived Formsmenarcheal or menarchial, adjective

Word Origin for menarche

C20: New Latin, from Greek mēn month + arkhē beginning

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Word Origin and History for menarche

menarche

n.

1896, from German menarche (1895), from Greek men (genitive menos) "month" (see moon (n.)) + arkhe "beginning" (see archon).

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Medicine definitions for menarche

menarche

[ mə-närkē ]

n.

The first menstrual period, usually during puberty.
Related formsme•narche•al adj.


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Science definitions for menarche

menarche

[ mə-närkē ]

The first menstrual period.
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