[men-stroo-eyt, -streyt]

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for menstruating

Contemporary Examples of menstruating

  • Girls who are menstruating are banned from participating altogether.

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    Allah in the Cafeteria

    Noah Kristula-Green

    March 21, 2012

Historical Examples of menstruating

British Dictionary definitions for menstruating


  1. (intr) to undergo menstruation

Word Origin for menstruate

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



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

menstruating in Medicine


  1. To undergo menstruation.
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