Climacteric meaning

klī-măktər-ĭk, klīmăk-tĕrĭk
A critical period or year in a person's life when major changes in health or fortune are thought to take place.
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A critical stage, period, or year.
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Of or relating to a climacteric.
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Critical; crucial.
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A period in the life of a person when an important physiological change occurs; specif., the period of perimenopause.
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Any crucial period.
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Of or resembling a climacteric; crucial.
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A critical period or year in a person's life when major changes in health or fortune are thought to take place.
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Of or relating to a climacteric.
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Critical; crucial.
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Pertaining to any of several supposedly critical years of a person's life. [from 17th c.]
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Critical or crucial; decisive. [from 17th c.]
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(medicine) Relating to a period of physiological change during middle age; especially, menopausal. [from 18th c.]
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Climactic. [from 18th c.]
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A critical stage or decisive point; a turning point. [from 17th c.]
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A period in human life in which some great change is supposed to take place, calculated in different ways by different authorities (often identified as every seventh or ninth year). [from 17th c.]
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(medicine) The period of life that leads up to and follows the end of menstruation in women; the menopause. [from 18th c.]
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Origin of climacteric

  • From Latin clīmactēricus of a dangerous period in life from Greek klīmaktērikos from klīmaktēr dangerous point, rung of a ladder from klīmax ladder climax

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin clīmactēricus, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek κλιμακτηρικός (klimaktērikos, “scale, progression, gradation”).

    From Wiktionary