English edit

Etymology edit

menstruum +‎ -ate; sense 2 (“to undergo menstruation”) is possibly a back-formation from menstruation.[1]

Pronunciation edit

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈmɛnstɹʊeɪt/
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  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˌmɛnstɹuˈeɪt/, /ˈmɛnstɹəˌweɪt/, /ˌmɛnˈstɹeɪt/ (the latter pronunciation leading to the spelling menstrate)
  • Rhymes: -eɪt
  • Hyphenation: men‧stru‧ate

Verb edit

menstruate (third-person singular simple present menstruates, present participle menstruating, simple past and past participle menstruated)

  1. (transitive, obsolete, rare) To stain with or as if with menses.
  2. (intransitive) To undergo menstruation, to have a period.
    Synonyms: be on one's period, be on the rag

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Adjective edit

menstruate (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Menstrual.

References edit

  1. ^ menstruate, v.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, September 2001.

Further reading edit

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Italian edit

Etymology 1 edit

Verb edit


  1. inflection of menstruare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

Etymology 2 edit

Participle edit

menstruate f pl

  1. feminine plural of menstruato

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Latin edit

Verb edit


  1. second-person plural present active imperative of mēnstruō

Spanish edit

Verb edit


  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of menstruar combined with te