menopause

[ men-uh-pawz ]
/ ˈmɛn əˌpɔz /

noun Physiology.

the period of permanent cessation of menstruation, usually occurring between the ages of 45 and 55.

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Origin of menopause

From the French word ménopause, dating back to 1870–75. See meno-, pause
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British Dictionary definitions for menopause

menopause

/ (ˈmɛnəʊˌpɔːz) /

noun

the period during which a woman's menstrual cycle ceases, normally occurring at an age of 45 to 50Nontechnical name: change of life
Derived Formsmenopausal or rare menopausic, adjective

Word Origin for menopause

C19: from French, from Greek mēn month + pausis halt
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Word Origin and History for menopause

menopause


n.

1852 (from 1845 as a French word in English), from French ménopause, from medical Latin menopausis, from Greek men (genitive menos) "month" (see moon (n.)) + pausis "a cessation, a pause," from pauein "to cause to cease" (see pause (n.)). Earlier it was change of life.

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Medicine definitions for menopause

menopause

[ mĕnə-pôz′ ]

n.

The cessation of menstruation, occurring usually between the ages of 45 and 55.climacteric
Related formsmen′o•pausal adj.
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Science definitions for menopause

menopause

[ mĕnə-pôz′ ]

The time at which menstruation ceases, occurring usually between 45 and 55 years of age in humans.
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Culture definitions for menopause

menopause

[ (men-uh-pawz) ]

The period in a woman's life when her menstrual cycles stop. Menopause typically occurs between the ages of forty-five and fifty-five.

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