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Monday, November 05, 2012

Definitions for climacteric

  1. A critical period.
  2. Physiology: a period of decrease of reproductive capacity in men and women, culminating, in women, in the menopause.
  3. A year in which important changes in health, fortune, etc., are held by some theories to occur, as one's sixty-third year

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Citations for climacteric
Ernestine, who was the elder, asked one day, after her sister's visit had terminated in a climacteric of sisterly love, kisses, admonitions, and promises. Jack London, The Grilling of Loren Ellery
I had reached an intellectual and artistic climacteric, a life climacteric of some sort. Jack London, The Mutiny of the Elsinore
Origin of climacteric
1595-1605
Climacteric originates in the Greek klimakter, "rung of a ladder."
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