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 (ĭ-mĕn′ə-gôg′, -gŏg′)
A drug or agent that induces or hastens menstrual flow.

[Greek emmēna, the menses (from neuter pl. of emmēnos, monthly : en-, in; see en-2 + mēn, month; see mē- in Indo-European roots) + -agogue.]


(ɪˈmɛnəˌɡɒɡ; -ˈmiː-)
(Medicine) a drug or agent that increases menstrual flow
(Medicine) inducing or increasing menstrual flow
[C18: from Greek emmēna menses, (from mēn month) + -agogue]
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Noun1.emmenagogue - any agent that promotes menstrual discharge
agent - a substance that exerts some force or effect
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