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climacteric


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Climacteric  \Cli*mac"ter*ic\  (?  or  ?;  277),  a.  [L. 
  climactericus  Gr  ?.  See  {Climacter}.] 
  Relating  to  a  climacteric;  critical. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Climacteric  \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 
  life. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  climacteric 
  n  1:  a  period  in  a  man's  life  corresponding  to  menopause 
  2:  the  time  in  a  woman's  life  in  which  the  menstrual  cycle  ends 
  [syn:  {menopause},  {change  of  life}] 




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