Menarche meaning

mə-när'kē
The first menstrual period of a girl or woman.
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The first menstrual period of a girl in puberty.
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The initial onset of menstruation, usually occurring between the ages of 10 and 15.
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The first menstrual period.
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The onset of menstruation; the beginning of the menstrual period. A girl's first period.
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Origin of menarche

  • men(o)– Greek arkhē beginning (from arkhein to begin)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • First attested 1900, from German Menarche (1895), formed from meno- (“menstruation") + Ancient Greek ἀρχή (arche, “beginning").
    From Wiktionary