the permanent cessation of menstruation, normally beginning between the ages of 45 and 50, or the period during which this occurs; female climacteric; change of life
Origin of menopause; from Classical Greek mēn (gen. mēnos), 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 mēnopausis : meno– + Greek pausis, pause; see pause.
- The ending of menstruation; the time in a woman's life when this happens.