Definition of emmenagogue in English:

emmenagogue

noun

Medicine
  • A substance that stimulates or increases menstrual flow.

    • ‘Macrotys is unique in combining emmenagogue (blood moving) and antispasmodic properties.’
    • ‘Both herbs are emmenagogues - they bring down the menstrual flow.’
    • ‘They are often taken as an emmenagogue and given as a vermifuge.’
    • ‘In the Philippines, it is used as an emmenagogue (an agent to induce menstruation).’
    • ‘One of its prime uses was as an abortifacient and emmenagogue.’
    • ‘The Chinese variety has emmenagogue and diuretic properties and is used for delayed menstruation and urinary problems.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from Greek emmēna menses + agōgos eliciting.

Pronunciation:

emmenagogue

/əˈmenəɡäɡ//əˈmēnəˌɡäɡ//eˈmenəˌɡäɡ/