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menstrual

[men-stroo-uh l, -struh l] /ˈmɛn stru əl, -strəl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to menstruation or to the menses.
2.
Archaic. monthly.
Origin
1350-1400
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
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British Dictionary definitions for premenstrual

premenstrual

/priːˈmɛnstrʊəl/
adjective
1.
of or occurring before a menstrual period
2.
of or occuring before the menarche
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Word Origin and History for premenstrual
menstrual
late 14c., from O.Fr. menstruel, from L. menstrualis "monthly," especially "of or having monthly courses," from menstruus "of menstruation, monthly," from mensis "month" (see menses).
premenstrual
1885, from pre- + menstrual (q.v.). Premenstrual syndrome earlier was premenstrual tension (1928).
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premenstrual in Medicine

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

premenstrual pre·men·stru·al (prē-měn'strōō-əl)
adj.
Of or occurring in the period just before menstruation.

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