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See menses.

[Greek katamēnia, from neuter pl. of katamēnios, monthly : kata-, according to, per; see cata- + mēn, month; see mē- in Indo-European roots.]

cat′a·me′ni·al adj.


pl n
(Physiology) physiol another word for menses
[C18: from New Latin, from Greek katamēnia menses]
ˌcataˈmenial adj


(ˈmɛn siz)

n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
the menstrual flow.
[1590–1600; < Latin mēnsēs, pl. of mēnsis month]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catamenia - the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopausecatamenia - the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause; "the women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation"; "a woman does not take the gout unless her menses be stopped"--Hippocrates; "the semen begins to appear in males and to be emitted at the same time of life that the catamenia begin to flow in females"--Aristotle
expelling, discharge, emission - any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body; "the discharge of pus"
hypermenorrhea, menorrhagia - abnormally heavy or prolonged menstruation; can be a symptom of uterine tumors and can lead to anemia if prolonged
oligomenorrhea - abnormally light or infrequent menstruation
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This is just what we find to be the case, for the catamenia have in their nature an affinity to the primitive matter.
It is here that one of Tuana's condemned terms appears: "For the female is, as it were, a mutilated male, and the catamenia [menses] are semen, only not pure; for there is only one thing they have not in them, the principle of soul.