Terminology Used to Describe Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
I always kind of know and later on forget these terms, so I decided that it will be handy if I have them on USMLEMD and regularly check them up.
Meno-rrhagia: Prolonged or excessive bleeding at regular intervals. Etymology: ModL < Gr mēn (gen. mēnos), month, moon + -rrhagia
Metro-rrhagia: Irregular, frequent uterine bleeding of varying amounts but not excessive (particularly between the expected menstrual periods). Etymology: New Latin, from metro- womb (from Greek mētra, from mētr-, mētēr mother) + -rrhagia
Meno-metro-rrhagia: Prolonged or excessive bleeding at irregular intervals (this term is a combination of the other two terms above.
Polymeno-rrhea: Regular bleeding at intervals of less than 21 days
Oligomeno-rrhea: Bleeding at intervals greater than every 35 days
Amenorrhea: No uterine bleeding for at least 6 months
Intermenstrual: Uterine bleeding between regular cycles