Definition of premenstrual syndrome in English:

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premenstrual syndrome

Pronunciation: /prēˈmenztr(əw)əl/ Pronunciation: /prēˈmenstr(əw)əl ˈsinˌdrōm/
(abbreviation PMS)


Any of a complex of symptoms (including emotional tension and fluid retention) experienced by some women in the days immediately before menstruation.
Example sentences
  • The week or so before the menstrual period is often characterized by symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
  • The main outcome measure was a reduction in overall symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
  • The range of physical and mental symptoms called premenstrual syndrome can affect women two to 14 days before menstruation begins.

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Syllabification: pre·men·stru·al syn·drome

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