climacteric


climacteric
climacteric [klī mak′tər ik, klī΄mak ter′ik]
n.
[L climactericus < Gr klimaktērikos < klimaktēr, round of a ladder < klimax, ladder: see CLIMAX]
1. a period in the life of a person when an important physiological change occurs; specif., the period of menopause
2. any crucial period
adj.
of or resembling a climacteric; crucial: also climacterical

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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