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[dis-men-uh-ree-uh] /ˌdɪs mɛn əˈri ə/
noun, Medicine/Medical
painful menstruation.
Also, dysmenorrhoea.
Origin of dysmenorrhea
1800-10; < New Latin; see dys-, menorrhea
Related forms
dysmenorrheal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dysmenorrhea
  • Genetic factors may play a role in primary dysmenorrhea cases.
  • Being either excessively overweight or underweight can increase the risk for dysmenorrhea and amenorrhea.
British Dictionary definitions for dysmenorrhea


/ˌdɪsmɛnəˈrɪə; dɪsˌmɛn-/
abnormally difficult or painful menstruation
Derived Forms
dysmenorrhoeal, especially (US) dysmenorrheal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from dys- + Greek mēn month + rhoiā a flowing
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dysmenorrhea in Medicine

dysmenorrhea dys·men·or·rhe·a or dys·men·or·rhoe·a (dĭs-měn'ə-rē'ə)
A condition marked by painful menstruation. Also called menorrhalgia.

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dysmenorrhea in Science
Painful menstruation.
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