Definition of menstruate in English:


Line breaks: men¦stru|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛnstrʊeɪt


[no object]
(Of a woman) discharge blood and other material from the lining of the uterus as part of the menstrual cycle: she had begun to menstruate (as adjective menstruating) a menstruating woman
More example sentences
  • But considering how much time we spend on that time of the month - from puberty to menopause, the average woman menstruates almost seven whole years - many of us know surprisingly little about it.
  • Some women stop menstruating as early as their late 30s.
  • Women menstruate for an average of 40 years of their lives.


mid 17th century: from late Latin menstruat- 'menstruated', from the verb menstruare, from Latin menstrua 'menses'.

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