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menarche

[mə′när·kē]
(physiology)
The onset of menstruation.
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Anthropometry and menarcheal status of adolescent Nigerian urban senior secondary school girls.
In this study, maximum frequency for menarcheal age was seen for the age group of 12 years and here the number stood at 110 i.
A study conducted in Ireland in 2006 indicated that the mean menarcheal age of Irish girls decreased from 13.
Secular shift in menarcheal age of Patiala (India) schoolgirls between 1974 and 1986.
A more recent retrospective analysis involving urban-dwelling women aged 18 years and above, reported a mean menarcheal age of 15.
Menarcheal age: We found that their median menarcheal age was 11.
Physical similarity of and disclosure of menarcheal status to friends: Effects of grade and pubertal status.
Nikolova, Stoyanov, and Negrev (1994) studied functional brain asymmetry, handedness, and menarcheal age in 182 women, aged 16 to 25 years.
Although genetic makeup does play a role in menarcheal age (onset of menstruation), dancers' intense exercise, low weight, and dieting typically delay puberty by one or two years.
The research work discussed included: (1) cross-sectional data about menarcheal experience and about attitudes toward menstruation from early adolescent girls in grades six through nine; (2) cross-sectional data on menstrual attitudes from females and males ranging in age from 11 to 63 years; and (3) retrospective data from college-aged females about their preparation for menstruation.
The study found that the mean menarcheal age of female students was 12.