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- adj. Of or relating to the menses or menstruation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to the catamenia, or menstrual discharges.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or of the nature of the catamenia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to menstruation or the menses
By chance, while working as an English teacher I also have a degree in English I discovered other women were suffering from what is termed catamenial epilepsy, seizures caused by the menstrual cycle.
I know that the Yale Law School doesn't just let anyone in (and the only language missing from the frequent quotations at Scott Horton's Harper's blog, as far as I can tell, is Hittite), but what are the chances that this law student being interviewed would a) know the word "catamenial" and b) use it in conversation?
Lie thou down with me on thy own bed, after the catamenial bath, on the night of the eighth or the fourteenth day of the moon. '
Emmenagogues are remedies which have the property of exciting the catamenial flow; ecbolics, or abortives, are drugs which excite contraction of the uterus, and are supposed to have the power of expelling its contents.
The last described form of dysmenorrhœa is sometimes attended with spasmodic contraction of the _os uteri_, thus preventing the catamenial flow.
During the catamenial period, _i. e._, during one week out of every month, a woman should abandon intellectual or physical labor, either because she is already incapacitated for it, or because she will be so ultimately, if she does not take the precautionary rest.
After her first catamenial these flashes of speechlessness and thought came only at this time.
It is undoubtedly the fact that meat will be tainted if cured by women at the catamenial period.
It is probably the influence of these primitive ideas which has caused surgeons and gynæcologists to dread operations during the catamenial period.
There is no doubt that many young women have permanently injured their constitutions while at school by excessive mental taxation during the catamenial period, to which they were prompted by ambition to excel, or were compelled by the "cramming" system too generally pursued in our schools, and particularly in young ladies 'seminaries.
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