Definition of emmenagogue in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /əˈmenəɡäɡ/
Pronunciation: /eˈmenəˌɡäɡ/ Pronunciation: /əˈmēnəˌɡäɡ/


A substance that stimulates or increases menstrual flow.
Example sentences
  • Both herbs are emmenagogues - they bring down the menstrual flow.
  • In the Philippines, it is used as an emmenagogue (an agent to induce menstruation).
  • Macrotys is unique in combining emmenagogue (blood moving) and antispasmodic properties.


Early 18th century: from Greek emmēna 'menses' + agōgos 'eliciting'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: em·men·a·gogue

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.