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noun Pathology.
a complex of physical and emotional changes, including depression, irritability, appetite changes, bloating and water retention, breast soreness, and changes in muscular coordination, one or more of which may be experienced in the several days before the onset of menstrual flow. Abbreviation: PMS
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Also called premenstrual tension.

Origin of premenstrual syndrome

First recorded in 1980–85; pre- + menstrual
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British Dictionary definitions for premenstrual syndrome

premenstrual syndrome

premenstrual tension


noun
a group of symptoms, including nervous tension and fluid retention, any of which may be experienced as a result of hormonal changes in the days before a menstrual period startsAbbreviation: PMS, PMT
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Medical definitions for premenstrual syndrome

premenstrual syndrome

n.
A group of symptoms, including abdominal bloating, breast tenderness, headache, fatigue, irritability, and depression, that occur in many women from 2 to 14 days before the onset of menstruation.premenstrual tension
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