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Princeton's WordNet

  1. menstruation, menses, menstruum, catamenia, period, flownoun

    the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause

    "the women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation"; "a woman does not take the gout unless her menses be stopped"--Hippocrates; "the semen begins to appear in males and to be emitted at the same time of life that the catamenia begin to flow in females"--Aristotle


  1. mensesnoun

    The discharge of blood mixed with pieces of cellular tissue from the uterus of a female out through her vagina, which occurs roughly every month; menstrual flow.

  2. Etymology: mensis, the plural being menses, corresponding to the monthly courses of women. Confer month.


  1. menses

    Menstruation (also known as a period, among other colloquial terms) is the regular discharge of blood and mucosal tissue from the inner lining of the uterus through the vagina. The menstrual cycle is characterized by the rise and fall of hormones. Menstruation is triggered by falling progesterone levels and is a sign that pregnancy has not occurred. The first period, a point in time known as menarche, usually begins between the ages of 12 and 15. Menstruation starting as young as 8 years would still be considered normal. The average age of the first period is generally later in the developing world, and earlier in the developed world. The typical length of time between the first day of one period and the first day of the next is 21 to 45 days in young women. In adults, the range is between 21 and 31 days with the average being 28 days. Bleeding usually lasts around 2 to 7 days. Periods stop during pregnancy and typically do not resume during the initial months of breastfeeding. Menstruation, and with it the possibility of pregnancy, ceases after menopause, which usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age. Up to 80% of women do not experience problems sufficient to disrupt daily functioning either during menstruation or in the days leading up to menstruation. Symptoms in advance of menstruation that do interfere with normal life are called premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Some 20 to 30% of women experience PMS, with 3 to 8% experiencing severe symptoms. These include acne, tender breasts, bloating, feeling tired, irritability, and mood changes. Other symptoms some women experience include painful periods and heavy bleeding during menstruation and abnormal bleeding at any time during the menstrual cycle. A lack of periods, known as amenorrhea, is when periods do not occur by age 15 or have not re-occurred in 90 days.


  1. menses

    Menses is the scientific term for the monthly menstruation cycle in females. It usually involves the shedding of the uterine lining and is often accompanied by certain symptoms such as abdominal cramps, bloating, mood swings, and fatigue. This cycle signifies the woman's fertility and childbearing capability.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Menses

    the catamenial or menstrual discharge, a periodic flow of blood or bloody fluid from the uterus or female generative organs

  2. Etymology: [L. mensis month, pl. menses months, and the monthly courses of women. Cf. Month.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Menses

    men′sēz, n.pl. the monthly discharge from the uterus.—ns. Men′opause, the final cessation of the menses; Menorrhā′gia (phys.), the ordinary flow of the menses: (path.) an immoderate menstrual discharge.—adj. Menorrhag′ic.—n. Menos′tasis, the retention of the menses.—n.pl. Men′strua, the menses.—adjs. Men′strual, monthly; Men′struant, subject to menses.—v.i. Men′struāte, to discharge the menses.—n. Menstruā′tion.—adj. Men′struous, having or belonging to menses. [Pl. of L. mensis, a month.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of menses in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of menses in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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    It's easy to do, doesn't interfere with sex, doesn't interfere with menses.

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