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cli·mac·ter·ic

 (klī-măk′tər-ĭk, klī′măk-tĕr′ĭk)
n.
1.
a. See menopause.
2. A critical period or year in a person's life when major changes in health or fortune are thought to take place.
3. A critical stage, period, or year: "before the end of the millennium, whether [he] lives to see that ecclesiastical climacteric or not" (Conor Cruise O'Brien).
adj.
1. Of or relating to a climacteric.
2. Critical; crucial.

[From Latin clīmactēricus, of a dangerous period in life, from Greek klīmaktērikos, from klīmaktēr, dangerous point, rung of a ladder, from klīmax, ladder; see climax.]

climacteric

(klaɪˈmæktərɪk; ˌklaɪmækˈtɛrɪk)
n
1. a critical event or period
2. (Physiology) another name for menopause
3. (Physiology) the period in the life of a man corresponding to the menopause, chiefly characterized by diminished sexual activity
4. (Botany) botany the period during which certain fruits, such as apples, ripen, marked by a rise in the rate of respiration
adj
involving a crucial event or period
[C16: from Latin clīmactēricus, from Greek klimaktērikos, from klimakter rung of a ladder, from klimax ladder; see climax]
ˌclimacˈterically adv

cli•mac•ter•ic

(klaɪˈmæk tər ɪk, ˌklaɪ mækˈtɛr ɪk)

n.
1. a period of decrease of reproductive capacity in men and women, culminating, in women, in the menopause.
2. any critical period.
3. a year in which important changes in health, fortune, etc., are held by some theories to occur, as one's sixty-third year (grand climacteric).
adj.
4. Also, cli`mac•ter′i•cal. critical; crucial.
[1595–1605; < Latin clīmactēricus < Greek klīmaktērikós, derivative of klīmaktḗr rung of a ladder, critical point in life, derivative of klîmax (see climax)]
cli`mac•ter′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.climacteric - a period in a man's life corresponding to menopause
biological time - the time of various biological processes
middle age - the time of life between youth and old age (e.g., between 40 and 60 years of age)
2.climacteric - the time in a woman's life in which the menstrual cycle endsclimacteric - the time in a woman's life in which the menstrual cycle ends
biological time - the time of various biological processes
middle age - the time of life between youth and old age (e.g., between 40 and 60 years of age)

climacteric

noun
A decisive point:
adjective
So serious as to be at the point of crisis or necessary to resolve a crisis:
Translations

climacteric

[klaɪˈmæktərɪk]
A. ADJclimactérico
B. Nperíodo m climactérico

climacteric

n (Med) → Klimakterium nt; (fig)(Lebens)wende f, → Wendepunkt m(im Leben)

cli·mac·ter·ic

, climacterium
a. climatérico-a.

climacteric

n climaterio