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menopause

[men-uh-pawz]
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noun Physiology.
  1. the period of permanent cessation of menstruation, usually occurring between the ages of 45 and 55.
  2. male menopause.
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Origin of menopause

From the French word ménopause, dating back to 1870–75. See meno-, pause
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Related Words for menopause

climacteric, menopause

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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.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

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

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

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


British Dictionary definitions for menopause

menopause

noun
  1. the period during which a woman's menstrual cycle ceases, normally occurring at an age of 45 to 50Nontechnical name: change of life
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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

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

menopause in Medicine

menopause

(mĕnə-pôz′)
n.
  1. The cessation of menstruation, occurring usually between the ages of 45 and 55.climacteric
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Related formsmen′o•pausal adj.
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menopause in Science

menopause

[mĕnə-pôz′]
  1. The time at which menstruation ceases, occurring usually between 45 and 55 years of age in humans.
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menopause in Culture

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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