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Pronunciation:  klI'makturik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the time in a woman's life in which the menstrual cycle ends
  2. [n]  a period in a man's life corresponding to menopause

CLIMACTERIC is a 11 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: change of life, menopause
 See Also: biological time, middle age



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cli*mac"ter*ic\ (? or ?; 277), a. [L.
    climactericus, Gr. ?. See {Climacter}.]
    Relating to a climacteric; critical.
  2. \Cli*mac"ter*ic\, n.
    1. A period in human life in which some great change is
       supposed to take place in the constitution. The critical
       periods are thought by some to be the years produced by
       multiplying 7 into the odd numbers 3, 5, 7, and 9; to
       which others add the 81st year.
    2. Any critical period.
             It is your lot, as it was mine, to live during one
             of the grand climacterics of the world. --Southey.
    {Grand} or {Great climacteric}, the sixty-third year of human
             I should hardly yield my rigid fibers to be
             regenerated by them; nor begin, in my grand
             climacteric, to squall in their new accents, or to
             stammer, in my second cradle, the elemental sounds
             of their barbarous metaphysics.       --Burke.
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