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Noun: climacteric  klI'mak-tu-rik
  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
    - menopause, change of life
  3. A crisis situation or point in time when a critical decision must be made
    - juncture, critical point, crossroads
Adjective: climacteric  klI'mak-tu-rik
  1. Forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis
    - critical, decisive

Derived forms: climacterics

See also: crucial, important

Type of: biological time, crisis

Part of: middle age

Encyclopedia: Climacteric