Menstruums
Menstruum Men"stru*um, n.; pl. E. {Menstruums}, L. {Menstrua}. [L. menstruus. See {Menstruous}.] Any substance which dissolves a solid body; a solvent. [1913 Webster]

The proper menstruum to dissolve metal. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

All liquors are called menstruums which are used as dissolvents, or to extract the virtues of ingredients by infusion or decoction. --Quincy. [1913 Webster]

Note: The use is supposed to have originated in some notion of the old chemists about the influence of the moon in the preparation of dissolvents. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • menstruums — menstrÊŠÉ™m n. substance which dissolves, solvent …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Menstrua — Menstruum Men stru*um, n.; pl. E. {Menstruums}, L. {Menstrua}. [L. menstruus. See {Menstruous}.] Any substance which dissolves a solid body; a solvent. [1913 Webster] The proper menstruum to dissolve metal. Bacon. [1913 Webster] All liquors are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Menstruum — Men stru*um, n.; pl. E. {Menstruums}, L. {Menstrua}. [L. menstruus. See {Menstruous}.] Any substance which dissolves a solid body; a solvent. [1913 Webster] The proper menstruum to dissolve metal. Bacon. [1913 Webster] All liquors are called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • menstruum — /men strooh euhm, streuhm/, n., pl. menstruums, menstrua / strooh euh/. a solvent. [1350 1400; special use of ME menstruum monthly period < ML (in L only pl. menstrua occurs). See MENSTRUAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • menstruum — /ˈmɛnstruəm/ (say menstroohuhm) noun (plural menstruums or menstrua /ˈmɛnstruə/ (say menstroohuh)) a solvent. {Medieval Latin, properly neuter of Latin menstruus monthly} …   Australian English dictionary

  • menstruum — [men′stro͞o əm] n. pl. menstruums or menstrua [men′stro͞oə] [ML, orig. neut. of L menstruus (see MENSTRUOUS): from an alchemistic notion of the power of the menses as a solvent] a liquid that dissolves a solid; a solvent, esp. one used to extract …   English World dictionary

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