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menstruum

 [men´stroo-um]
a solvent medium.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

men·stru·um

, pl.

men·stru·a

(men'strū-ŭm, -stroo-ă),
Older term for solvent.
[Mediev. L. menstrual fluid, thought to possess certain solvent properties, ntr. of L. menstruus, monthly]
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menstruum

(mĕn′stro͞o-əm)
n. pl. men·struums or men·strua (-stro͞o-ə)
A solvent, especially one used in extracting compounds from the tissues of organisms.
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menstruum

(1) A solvent formerly used in pharmacology to extract medicinals from plants.
(2) A term of waning use for menstrual blood; i.e., menses.
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Medium, the menstruum, or liquid vehicle, with which the dry pigments are ground and made ready for the artist's use.
In her aspect of Crone, the goddess was considered to be at her wisest, for the menstruum that marked the matron's monthly cycle was believed to weaken her physically, mentally and emotionally.
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