• WordNet 3.6
    • n climacteric the time in a woman's life in which the menstrual cycle ends
    • n climacteric a period in a man's life corresponding to menopause
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Climacteric 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.
    • Climacteric Any critical period. "It is your lot, as it was mine, to live during one of the grand climacterics of the world."
    • a Climacteric Relating to a climacteric; critical.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • climacteric Pertaining to a critical period, crisis, or climax.
    • n climacteric A critical period in life, or a period in winch some great change is supposed to take place in the human constitution; especially, the so-called change of life or menopause. The climacteric years or critical periods have been supposed to be the years ending the third, fifth, seventh, and ninth period of seven years, to which some add the eighty-first year. The sixty-third year was called the grand or great climacteric. It has been believed that each of these periods is attended with some remarkable change in respect to health, life, or fortune.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Climacteric klim-ak-tėr′ik or klim-ak′tėr-ik a critical period in human life, in which some great bodily change is supposed to take place: a critical time
    • adj Climacteric pertaining to such a period: critical
    • n Climacteric klim-ak-tėr′ik or klim-ak′tėr-ik, a critical period in human life, in which some great bodily change is supposed to take place: a critical time
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  • Jean Baudrillard
    “Democracy is the menopause of Western society, the Grand Climacteric of the body social. Fascism is its middle-aged lust.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. climactericus, Gr. . See Climacter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. klimaktērklimax, a ladder.


In literature:

A woman who beholds her thirtieth birthday in sight, and girlhood gone, is approaching a climacteric in her career.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
The menopause, also called the climacteric, and in common language "change of life," is the period at which woman ceases to menstruate.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
The effects on the character of this 'grand climacteric' are often marked.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
I wonder you had the climacteric so early.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The climacteric moment came.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
Shakespeare's "view" comes out in Lear's climacteric execration of his "dog-hearted daughters.
"Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885" by Various
To us, this Servitor of the Christ seemed not to have passed the climacteric.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
The free-fantasia of the poem was reached, and, roaring, the music neared its climacteric point.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Physicians speak in a physiological sense of the grand climacteric of a man's age.
"How to See a Play" by Richard Burton
Throughout Celtic history, the sixth century is for many reasons a climacteric period.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. VIII" by Various

In news:

For the year-long study, published in the Dec issue of the International Menopause Society's journal Climacteric, Italian researchers tracked 48 menopausal women who were experiencing troubling symptoms.