[men-stroo-eyt, -streyt]

verb (used without object), men·stru·at·ed, men·stru·at·ing.

to undergo menstruation.

Origin of menstruate

1640–50; v. use of earlier menstruate menstruous, Middle English < Late Latin mēnstruātus, equivalent to mēnstru(a) monthly courses (see menstrual) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsun·men·stru·at·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for menstruate

Contemporary Examples of menstruate

Historical Examples of menstruate

  • And when the woman is on the point of ceasing to menstruate she does not do so smoothly and comfortably.


    William J. Robinson

  • Many women do not menstruate and do not become pregnant while they are nursing.


    William J. Robinson

  • The consumptive girl did not menstruate because she had not the vitality to do so.

  • It is extremely rare for a woman to conceive who does not menstruate regularly.

    Fruits of Philosophy

    Charles Knowlton

  • When the girl returns to the tent it is known that she has begun to menstruate.

British Dictionary definitions for menstruate



(intr) to undergo menstruation

Word Origin for menstruate

C17: from Latin menstruāre, from mensis month
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Word Origin and History for menstruate

1680s, probably a back-formation from menstruation, or else from Latin menstruatus, past participle of menstruare. Related: Menstruated; menstruating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

menstruate in Medicine




To undergo menstruation.
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