Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A drug or agent that induces or hastens menstrual flow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Herb that stimulates blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus, causing menstruation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A medicine that promotes the menstrual discharge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A medicine that promotes the menstrual discharge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any agent that promotes menstrual discharge

Etymologies

Greek emmēna, the menses (from neuter pl. of emmēnos, monthly, + -agogue).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek μήν ("month") + ἀγωγός ("leading"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "Good, I had plenty of willow bark still left. I hesitated over the small rank of bottles in the upper right tray of the chest. I had several very strong emmenagogues—blue cohosh, ergot, and pennyroyal—but picked instead the gentler tansy and rue, setting a handful into a bowl and pouring boiling water on them to steep."
    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 58

    January 19, 2010

  • Emmenagogue, the Red Agent

    June 19, 2009