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  1. 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 Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. The catamenial or menstrual discharge, a periodic flow of blood or bloody fluid from the uterus or female generative organs. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The periodical discharge of a bloody fluid from the uterus, occurring normally about once a month; catamenia. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  4. Normal monthly flow of blood from uterus. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  5. The monthly discharge from the womb. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. The catamenial or monthly discharges from the womb. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. The monthly discharges of women. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. men's[=e]z, n.pl. the monthly discharge from the uterus.--ns. MEN'OPAUSE, the final cessation of the menses; MENORRH[=A]'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'STRU[=A]TE, to discharge the menses.--n. MENSTRU[=A]'TION.--adj. MEN'STRUOUS, having or belonging to menses. [Pl. of L. mensis, a month.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  9. The sanguineous evacuation from the uterus, Sanguis menstruus, Menstrual Blood, the monthly occurrence of which constitutes menstruation or monthly illness. The first appearance of the menuesmenophania- is usually preceded by the discharge of a fluid whitish matter from the vagina; by nervous excitement, and by vague pains and heaviness in the loins and thighs; numbness of the limbs, tumefaction and hardness of the breast, &c. More or less indisposition and irritability also precede each successive recurrence of the menstrual flux. In temperate climates, each period, ordinarily continues from three to six days; and the quantity lost varies from four to eight ounces. The menses continue to flow from the period of puberty till the age of 45 or 50. At the term of its natural cessation, the flux becomes irregular; and this irregularity is occasionally accompanied with symptoms of dropsy, glandular tumours, &c. constituting the Paramenia cessatio'nis of Good, and what is called the critical time or turn or change of life; yet it does not appear that the mortality is increased by it. With the immediate cause of menstruation we are unacquainted. We express only our ignorance, when we assert it to depend upon periodicity; the discharge comes from the vessels of the uterus and vagina, and differs from ordinary blood by its peculiar odour, and by its not coagulating. It is evidently connected with the condition of the ovaries, and- it has been supposed- with the periodical discharge of ova from them. It is arrested, as a general principle, during pregnancy and lactation. In warm climates, women usually begin to menstruate early, and cease sooner than in the temperate regions. The quantity lost is also greater. In the colder regions, the reverse of this holds as a general rule. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  10. [Latin] the monthly periods; the monthly recurring discharge of ova from the ovary, attended with congestion of the whole genital tract, hypertrophy of the uterine mucous membrane, and haemorrhage from the latter. na
  11. Flow of blood from mucous coat of uterus of female, occurring normally at intervals of lunar month. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  12. The monthly courses of women. American pocket medical dictionary.
  13. n. pl. [Latin] The catamenial or menstrual discharges. Cabinet Dictionary

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