Definition of menstruate in English:



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  • (of a woman) discharge blood and other material from the lining of the uterus as part of the menstrual cycle.

    ‘she had begun to menstruate’
    ‘a menstruating woman’
    • ‘Women who start menstruating early in life or who have a late menopause have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.’
    • ‘Women menstruate for an average of 40 years of their lives.’
    • ‘Other studies have shown that women undertaking extreme exercise regimens had ceased ovulating and menstruating.’
    • ‘But considering how much time we spend on that time of the month - from puberty to menopause, the average woman menstruates almost seven whole years - many of us know surprisingly little about it.’
    • ‘Some women stop menstruating as early as their late 30s.’


Mid 17th century: from late Latin menstruat- ‘menstruated’, from the verb menstruare, from Latin menstrua ‘menses’.