- the permanent cessation of menstruation, normally occurring around the age of 50
- the period of time preceding this cessation, normally beginning between the ages of 45 and 50; perimenopause
Origin of menopause; from Classical Greek m?n (gen. m?nos), month, moon + pauein, to bring to an end: see pause
- The permanent cessation of menstruation, usually occurring between the ages of 45 and 55.
- The period during which such cessation occurs. In both sense, also called climacteric.
Origin of menopauseNew Latin m&emacron;nopausis : meno– + Greek pausis, pause; see pause.
- The ending of menstruation; the time in a woman's life when this happens.
From Latin menopausis, from Ancient Greek á¼”Î¼Î¼Î·Î½Î¿Ï‚ (emmÄ“nos, “monthly") + Ï€Î±á¿¦ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (pausis, “pause"). Equivalent to meno- +"Ž -pause.