menstrual

[ men-stroo-uh l, -struh l ]
/ ˈmɛn stru əl, -strəl /

adjective

of or relating to menstruation or to the menses.
Archaic. monthly.

Nearby words

  1. mense,
  2. menservants,
  3. menses,
  4. menshevik,
  5. menshevism,
  6. menstrual cycle,
  7. menstrual extraction,
  8. menstrual period,
  9. menstruant,
  10. menstruate

Origin of menstrual

1350–1400; Middle English menstruall < Latin mēnstruālis having monthly courses, equivalent to mēnstru(a) monthly courses (noun use of neuter plural of mēnstruus monthly; mēnstr- (see semester) + -uus adj. suffix, probably on the model of annuus annual) + -ālis -al1

Related formsin·ter·men·stru·al, adjectivepost·men·stru·al, adjectivepre·men·stru·al, adjectivepre·men·stru·al·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for premenstrual

premenstrual

/ (priːˈmɛnstrʊəl) /

adjective

of or occurring before a menstrual period
of or occuring before the menarche

menstrual

/ (ˈmɛnstrʊəl) /

adjective

of or relating to menstruation or the menses
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Word Origin and History for premenstrual
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Medicine definitions for premenstrual

premenstrual

[ prē-mĕnstrōō-əl ]

adj.

Of or occurring in the period just before menstruation.

menstrual

[ mĕnstrōō-əl ]

adj.

Of or relating to menstruation.

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