menopause

[men-uh-pawz]
noun Physiology.
1.
the period of permanent cessation of menstruation, usually occurring between the ages of 45 and 55.

Origin:
1870–75; < French ménopause. See meno-, pause

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menopause (ˈmɛnəʊˌpɔːz)
 
n
Nontechnical name: change of life the period during which a woman's menstrual cycle ceases, normally occurring at an age of 45 to 50
 
[C19: from French, from Greek mēn month + pausis halt]
 
meno'pausal
 
adj
 
meno'pausic
 
adj

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menopause
1872, from Fr. ménopause, from Gk. men (gen. menos) "month" + pausis "a cessation, a pause," from pauein "to cause to cease."
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menopause men·o·pause (měn'ə-pôz')
n.
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   (měn'ə-pôz')  Pronunciation Key 
The time at which menstruation ceases, occurring usually between 45 and 55 years of age in humans.
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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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Example sentences
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.
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