• WordNet 3.6
    • n menses the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause "the women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation","a woman does not take the gout unless her menses be stopped"--Hippocrates","the semen begins to appear in males and to be emitted at the same time of life that the catamenia begin to flow in females"--Aristotle"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Menses (Med) The catamenial or menstrual discharge, a periodic flow of blood or bloody fluid from the uterus or female generative organs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • menses Catamenial or monthly discharges; a periodic constitutional flow of blood or bloody fluid from the mucous coat of the uterus of a female, as a woman, monkey, bitch, or other mammal. The menses occur in connection with ovulation, of which they are generally a sign. They normally occur in women thirteen times a year, or at intervals of a lunar month, whence the name.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Menses men′sēz the monthly discharge from the uterus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. mensis, month, pl. menses, months, and the monthly courses of women. Cf. Month
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pl. of L. mensis, a month.


In literature:

The first eruption of the menses is an unequivocal sign of the awakening of the faculty of reproduction.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
The menses of women were caused by the evil god Ahriman.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Get rid of the bad health and the menses will take care of themselves.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Sexual intercourse should never be permitted during the menses.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
I hae baith my meat and my mense.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
The menses continue to flow from the period of puberty till the age of forty-five or fifty.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Acta sunt hec sub anno indict'one pontificat' mense die ... sup^{a}d'cis.
"A Chronicle of London from 1089 to 1483" by Anonymous
As for "in viiij mense," I cannot understand it: I copied it as it was sent to me.
"Notes and Queries, Number 192, July 2, 1853" by Various
The menses appeared at the expiration of twenty-five days, and were more abundant than at the last period.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
About a month ago I took a very bad cold and it was at time of menstruation and it stopped my menses.
"Treatise on the Diseases of Women" by Lydia E. Pinkham

In poetry:

Ons nasie? ag, die mense praat:
Daar lê iets groots in woorde! Wat
Gee ons die reg om groot te wees,
Om saam te loop op so 'n pad?
"In Amsterdam" by Christian Frederik Louis Leipoldt
Her heid was weel stockit wi' gude common sense—
In ilk' thing she did there was kindness an' mense;
To clashes an' clavers she wadna gae heed,
But ne'er was she hainin' to bodies in need.
"Grannie Mirk: A Stirling Grannie" by Janet Hamilton