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[men-uh-pawz] /ˈmɛn əˌpɔz/
noun, Physiology
the period of permanent cessation of menstruation, usually occurring between the ages of 45 and 55.
Origin of menopause
1870-75; < French ménopause. See meno-, pause Unabridged
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Examples from the web for menopause
  • It then declines with age and eventually approaches zero at menopause.
  • Yams to slow the onslaught of hot flashes during menopause.
  • With menopause and the loss of fertility, lips lose their fullness.
  • Hot flashes are a staple of menopause jokes, but there is nothing funny about them, and certainly nothing imaginary.
  • Excessive sweating may also be a symptom of menopause.
  • Still others who rarely report headaches when they were younger experience headaches after menopause.
  • She was in the latter half of her fortieth year, quite well preserved and seemingly had not yet reached her menopause.
  • Not that everything is daisies and champagne after menopause: each age comes with its own baggage.
  • They exceeded anything that had been described to me as the gradual coming of menopause.
  • My skin structure collapsed early, before menopause, probably due to the low-fat diet.
British Dictionary definitions for menopause


the period during which a woman's menstrual cycle ceases, normally occurring at an age of 45 to 50 Nontechnical name change of life
Derived Forms
menopausal, (rare) menopausic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Greek mēn month + pausis halt
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Word Origin and History for menopause

1852 (from 1845 as a French word in English), from French ménopause, from medical Latin menopausis, from Greek men (genitive menos) "month" (see moon (n.)) + pausis "a cessation, a pause," from pauein "to cause to cease" (see pause (n.)). Earlier it was change of life.

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menopause in Medicine

menopause men·o·pause (měn'ə-pôz')
The period marked by the natural and permanent cessation of menstruation, occurring usually between the ages of 45 and 55.

men'o·paus'al adj.
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menopause in Science
The time at which menstruation ceases, occurring usually between 45 and 55 years of age in humans.
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menopause in Culture
menopause [(men-uh-pawz)]

The period in a woman's life when her menstrual cycles stop. Menopause typically occurs between the ages of forty-five and fifty-five.

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