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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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Explicit abortifacient (17) and contraceptive (four) uses are rare, but as discussed in Riddle (1992:31-32), these may be implied within emmenagogues.
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Curiously, the author also draws a link between aphrodisiacs and emmenagogues, indicating that aphrodisiacs were believed to play a role in improving fertility even outside of the act of sexual intercourse.
Treatment was aimed at either encouraging menstruation by the use of herbal emmenagogues, or removing these unexpelled toxins by other purification methods such as blood letting, purging, applying leeches to the genitalia or cervix, setons (threads of horsehair or strips of linen inserted beneath the skin to provide drainage) or induction of sweating (Wilbush 1988).