menstruum

[ men-stroo-uh m, -struh m ]
/ ˈmɛn stru əm, -strəm /
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noun, plural men·stru·ums, men·stru·a [men-stroo-uh, -struh] /ˈmɛn stru ə, -strə/.

a solvent.

Nearby words

  1. menstrual period,
  2. menstruant,
  3. menstruate,
  4. menstruation,
  5. menstruous,
  6. mensurable,
  7. mensural,
  8. mensural music,
  9. mensural notation,
  10. mensuration

Origin of menstruum

1350–1400; special use of Middle English menstruum monthly period < Medieval Latin (in L only plural mēnstrua occurs). See menstrual

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British Dictionary definitions for menstruum

menstruum

/ (ˈmɛnstrʊəm) /

noun plural -struums or -strua (-strʊə) obsolete

a solvent, esp one used in the preparation of a drug
a solid formulation of a drug

Word Origin for menstruum

C17 (meaning: solvent), C14 (menstrual discharge): from Medieval Latin, from Latin mēnstruus monthly, from mēnsis month; from an alchemical comparison between a base metal being transmuted into gold and the supposed action of the menses

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Medicine definitions for menstruum

menstruum

[ mĕnstrōō-əm ]

n. pl. men•stru•ums

A solvent, especially one used in extracting compounds from plant and animal tissues and preparing drugs.

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