Definition of Menstrual cycle

1. Noun. A recurring cycle (beginning at menarche and ending at menopause) in which the endometrial lining of the uterus prepares for pregnancy; if pregnancy does not occur the lining is shed at menstruation. "The average menstrual cycle is 28 days"

Definition of Menstrual cycle

1. Noun. The recurring cycle of physiological changes in the females of some animal species that is associated with reproductive fertility; especially the cycle in a human woman. ¹

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Medical Definition of Menstrual cycle

1. The reproductive cycle of female humans. The cycle is characterised by a monthly discharge of blood, mucus, and tissues from the uterus (called menstruation) and involves changes to the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) during the rest of the month including a few days of fertility after an ovum (egg) is released by an ovary. (09 Oct 1997)

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Literary usage of Menstrual cycle

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1. A Text-book of physiology: For Medical Students and Physicians by William Henry Howell (1915)
"The Effect of the menstrual cycle on Other Functions— It is natural to suppose that such marked changes as occur in the ovary and uterus during the ..."

2. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1915)
"Cases of the latter group would be obviously unsuitable for an investigation in which the chronology of the menstrual cycle plays such an essential part, ..."

3. Anabolic Steroid Abuse by Geraline C. Lin (1996)
"Similarly, the effects of alcohol on reproductive hormones are also affected by the stage of the estrous or menstrual cycle (Dees et al. ..."

4. A Textbook of Gynecology by Charles Alfred Lee Reed (1901)
"The menstrual cycle.—-The menstrual month is a myth which has no other basis than the obscure moon-worship, latent in our race. For each woman, a definite ..."

5. Drug Addiction Research & the Health of Women edited by Cora L. Wetherington (1999)
"The rhythm of the menstrual cycle is controlled in part by the rhythms of the pulsatile release of LH and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). ..."

6. Contributions to the Study of the Early Development and Imbedding of the by Thomas Hastie Bryce, John Hammond Teacher, John Martin Munro Kerr (1908)
"It is this consideration which gives weight and interest to our argument. it is now generally admitted that the menstrual cycle in man and monkeys is ..."

7. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"Similar physiological and psychological symptoms are reported after smoking cessation and during menstrual cycle changes. In this study we evaluated the ..."

8. The Influence of the Menstrual Function on Certain Diseases of the Skin by Lucius Duncan Bulkley (1906)
"... "menstruation is not a local process, but a general physiological action, a menstrual cycle finding its local expression in the generative organs. ..."

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