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noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Physiology.
  1. the periodic flow of blood and mucosal tissue from the uterus; menstrual flow.
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Origin of menses

1590–1600; < Latin mēnsēs, plural of mēnsis month


[mens]British Dialect
  1. propriety; discretion.
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verb (used with object), mensed, mens·ing.
  1. to adorn; bring honor to; grace.
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Origin of mense

1490–1500; variant (north) of mensk, Middle English menske courtesy, honor < Old Norse menska humanity, cognate with Old English menniscu literally, the human state; akin to mensch. See man1, -ish1
Related formsmense·ful, adjectivemense·less, adjective


or mens

noun, plural men's.
  1. a range of sizes in even and odd numbers for garments made for men.
  2. a garment in this size range.
  3. the department or section of a store where these garments are sold.
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Origin of men's

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Historical Examples

  • When I had taken two bottles it had all left me and menses appeared.

    Treatise on the Diseases of Women

    Lydia E. Pinkham

  • Labor occurs at about the time in which the menses would have appeared.

    The Physical Life of Woman:

    Dr. George H Napheys

  • Get rid of the bad health and the menses will take care of themselves.

  • By menorrhagia we understand an immoderate flow of the menses.

  • Mothers should instruct their daughters when the menses are apt to begin, and what their function is.


    Henry Stanton

British Dictionary definitions for menses


noun plural menses
  1. another name for menstruation
  2. the period of time, usually from three to five days, during which menstruation occurs
  3. the matter discharged during menstruation
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin, pl of mensis month
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Word Origin and History for menses


"monthly discharge of blood from the uterus," 1590s, from Latin menses, plural of mensis "month" (see moon (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

menses in Medicine


  1. The monthly flow of blood and cellular debris from the uterus that begins at puberty and ceases at menopause.catamenia emmenia menstrual period
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menses in Science


  1. See menstruation.
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