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climacteric

[ klahy-mak-ter-ik, klahy-mak-ter-ik ]SEE DEFINITION OF climacteric
  • adj.critical
  • nounturning point

Synonyms for climacteric

  • acute
  • defining
  • key
  • crucial
  • decisive
  • significant
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Antonyms for climacteric

  • unimportant
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLIMACTERIC

The age at which menstruation ceases is called the menopause or climacteric.

What is the climacteric period, or the change of life in a woman?

If he was right in fixing his climacteric at sixteen he might well have been dead.

The ensuing duet is intense and full of climacteric effects.

All that he did know was that a climacteric in his life had been attained.

That their overthrow may be the more impressive and climacteric.

Hysteria is a disease of youth, usually ceasing at the climacteric.

When this period is about to expire she enters what is termed the "change of life," or the menopause, or the climacteric.

He was dizzily weak; collapse had quickly followed the climacteric excitement of being beside her, of speaking to her.

It is also referred to as the climacteric period, meaning that a climax in life has been reached.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600 (adj.), 1620s (n.), from Latin climactericus, from Greek klimakterikos "of a critical period," from klimakter "rung of a ladder" (see climax (n.)). A critical stage in human life, a period supposed to be especially liable to change. By some, held to be the years that are multiples of 7 (7, 14, 21, etc.), by others only the odd multiples (7, 21, 35, etc.), and by still others the multiples of 9. The Great Climacteric was the 63rd year (7x9), supposed to be especially critical.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CLIMACTERIC

change of life

nounend of menstrual cycle
  • climacteric
  • grand climacteric
  • menopause
  • midlife crisis
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