Why was clemency trending last week?


[men-stroo-uh l, -struh l] /ˈmɛn stru əl, -strəl/
of or relating to menstruation or to the menses.
Archaic. monthly.
Origin of menstrual
1350-1400; Middle English menstruall < Latin mēnstruālis having monthly courses, equivalent to mēnstru(a) monthly courses (noun use of neuter plural of mēnstruus monthly; mēnstr- (see semester) + -uus adj. suffix, probably on the model of annuus annual) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
intermenstrual, adjective
postmenstrual, adjective
premenstrual, adjective
premenstrually, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for menstrual
  • Compare that to menstrual blood, which has yet to even become an umbilical cord, and thus possesses far less limitations.
  • Normal variation in the length of the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle: effect of chronological age.
  • There are a number of different medicines prescribed for menstrual disorders.
  • Absent menstruation means no menstrual flow, or period.
  • There are a number of different menstrual disorders.
  • Normal menstrual function usually returns after the primary disorder is treated.
  • At first, the menstrual periods typically are irregular.
  • It can be used to take tissue samples and also as a procedure to help temporarily reduce heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Excessive bleeding with menstrual periods and after delivery often occurs.
  • Call your health care provider if your menstrual periods do not resume after a gynecologic or obstetrical procedure.
British Dictionary definitions for menstrual


of or relating to menstruation or the menses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for menstrual

late 14c., "pertaining to menses," also (in astronomy) "monthly," from Old French menstruel, from Latin menstrualis "monthly," especially "of or having monthly courses," from menstruus "of a month, every month, monthly, pertaining to a month," from mensis "month" (see moon (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
menstrual in Medicine

menstrual men·stru·al (měn'strōō-əl) or men·stru·ous (-əs)
Of or relating to menstruation.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for menstrual

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for menstrual

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with menstrual