|climacteric (klaɪˈmæktərɪk, ˌklaɪmækˈtɛrɪk)|
|1.||a critical event or period|
|2.||another name for menopause|
|3.||the period in the life of a man corresponding to the menopause, chiefly characterized by diminished sexual activity|
|4.||botany the period during which certain fruits, such as apples, ripen, marked by a rise in the rate of respiration|
|5.||involving a crucial event or period|
|[C16: from Latin clīmactēricus, from Greek klimaktērikos, from klimakter rung of a ladder, from klimax ladder; see |
climacteric cli·mac·ter·ic (klī-māk'tər-ĭk, klī'māk-těr'ĭk)
A period of life characterized by physiological and psychic change that marks the end of the reproductive capacity of women and terminates with the completion of menopause.
A corresponding period sometimes occurring in men that may be marked by a reduction in sexual activity, although fertility is retained.