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climacteric

cli·mac·ter·ic

climacteric

 
pronunciation:
klaI maek t rihk [or] klaI mk te rihk
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
part of speech: noun
definition 1: in physiology, a period in life of changing or decreasing physical capacities, such as menopause.
definition 2: any critical period or stage.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: pertaining to a crucial period or stage.
derivations: climacterical (adj.), climacterically (adv.)