Menses Definition

The periodic flow of blood and sloughed-off tissue from the uterus, discharged through the genital tract: it normally occurs about every four weeks in a woman who is not pregnant, from menarche to menopause.
Webster's New World

The discharge of blood mixed with pieces of cellular tissue from the uterus of a female out through her vagina, which occurs roughly every month; menstrual flow.


Origin of Menses

  • Latin mensis (“month"), the plural being menses (“months"), corresponding to the monthly courses of women. Confer month.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin mēnsēs pl. of mēnsis month mē-2 in Indo-European roots

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

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