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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.]
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(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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The therapeutic properties of thyme oil are antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, cardiac, carminative, cicatrizant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypertensive, insecticide, stimulant, tonic, and vermifuge.
The administration protocol includes taking it as an emmenagogue or vermifuge.
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abrotanum was traditionally considered as an antiseptic, astringent, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, stomachic, stimulant, tonic, anti-inflammatory, rermifuge, spasmolytic and used for treating upper respiratory tract disease.
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