menstruum

[men-stroo-uh m, -struh m]

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

noun plural -struums or -strua (-strʊə) obsolete
  1. a solvent, esp one used in the preparation of a drug
  2. 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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menstruum in Medicine

menstruum

[mĕnstrōō-əm]
n. pl. men•stru•ums
  1. A solvent, especially one used in extracting compounds from plant and animal tissues and preparing drugs.
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