One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or in the process of menstruation.
- ‘Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a menstruous dysfunction, is characterized by profoundly depressed mood, and studies have shown that antidepressants are effective for PMDD.’
- ‘In Brunswick people think that if a menstruous woman assists at the killing of a pig, the pork will putrefy.’
Late Middle English: from Old French menstrueus, from late Latin menstruosus, from menstrua ‘menses’.
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