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NOUN (1)

1. the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause;
- Example: "the women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation"
- Example: "a woman does not take the gout unless her menses be stopped"--Hippocrates
- Example: "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
[syn: menstruation, menses, menstruum, catamenia, period, flow]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Menses \Men"ses\, n. pl. [L. mensis month, pl. menses months, and the monthly courses of women. Cf. Month.] (Med.) The catamenial or menstrual discharge, a periodic flow of blood or bloody fluid from the uterus or female generative organs. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

menses n 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 [syn: menstruation, menses, menstruum, catamenia, period, flow]