premenstrual syndrome

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

Nearby words

  1. premeditate,
  2. premeditated,
  3. premeditation,
  4. premenopausal,
  5. premenstrual,
  6. premenstruum,
  7. premiate,
  8. premie,
  9. premier,
  10. premier cru

Origin of premenstrual syndrome

First recorded in 1980–85; pre- + menstrual

Also called premenstrual tension. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for premenstrual syndrome

premenstrual syndrome

premenstrual tension


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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Medicine definitions for premenstrual syndrome

premenstrual syndrome


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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