noun Physiology.

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

Origin of menopause

From the French word ménopause, dating back to 1870–75. See meno-, pause Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of menopause

  • The time of its disappearance is known as "the change of life, or menopause."

  • On the other hand, it is common in insane females and in normal women after the menopause.

    Criminal Man

    Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

  • The age at which menstruation ceases is called the menopause or climacteric.


    William J. Robinson

  • In the chapter on menstruation I referred briefly to the menopause.


    William J. Robinson

  • On the other hand the Mo seem to have no special rites to mark the menopause.

British Dictionary definitions for menopause



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for menopause

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

menopause in Medicine




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



The time at which menstruation ceases, occurring usually between 45 and 55 years of age in humans.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

menopause in Culture



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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.