[klahy-mak-ter-ik, klahy-mak-ter-ik] /klaɪˈmæk tər ɪk, ˌklaɪ mækˈtɛr ɪk/
Physiology. a period of decrease of reproductive capacity in men and women, culminating, in women, in the menopause.
any critical period.
a year in which important changes in health, fortune, etc., are held by some theories to occur, as one’s sixty-third year (grand climacteric)
the period of maximum respiration in a fruit, during which it becomes fully ripened.
[klahy-mak-ter-i-kuh l] /ˌklaɪ mækˈtɛr ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA). critical; crucial.
a critical event or period
another name for menopause
the period in the life of a man corresponding to the menopause, chiefly characterized by diminished sexual activity
(botany) the period during which certain fruits, such as apples, ripen, marked by a rise in the rate of respiration
involving a crucial event or period
c.1600 (adj.), 1620s (n.), from Latin climactericus, from Greek klimakterikos “of a critical period,” from klimakter “rung of a ladder” (see climax (n.)). A critical stage in human life, a period supposed to be especially liable to change. By some, held to be the years that are multiples of 7 (7, 14, 21, etc.), by others only the odd multiples (7, 21, 35, etc.), and by still others the multiples of 9. The Great Climacteric was the 63rd year (7×9), supposed to be especially critical.
climacteric cli·mac·ter·ic (klī-māk’tər-ĭk, klī’māk-těr’ĭk)
- Clement of Alexandria
noun 1. a.d. c150–c215, Greek Christian theologian and writer. noun 1. Saint. original name Titus Flavius Clemens. ?150–?215 ad, Greek Christian theologian: head of the catechetical school at Alexandria; teacher of Origen. Feast day: Dec 5
[klahy-mak-tik] /klaɪˈmæk tɪk/ adjective 1. pertaining to or coming to a : the climactic scene of a play. /klaɪˈmæktɪk/ adjective 1. consisting of, involving, or causing a climax adj. “pertaining to a climax,” 1832, from climax, apparently on the analogy of syntax/syntactic. Related: Climactical.
- Clement IV
noun 1. (Guy Foulques) died 1268, French ecclesiastic: pope 1265–68.
- Clement IX
noun 1. (Giulio Rospigliosi) 1600–69, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1667–69.