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Medical Term:

premenstrual syndrome


Definition: in women of reproductive age, a constellation of emotional, behavioral, and physical symptoms that occur in the luteal (premenstrual) phase of the menstrual cycle and subside with the onset of menstruation; characterized by swelling and weight gain due to fluid retention, breast tenderness, irritability, mood swings, anxiety, depression, drowsiness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and changes in appetite and libido.

Synonym(s): late luteal phase dysphoria, late luteal phase dysphoric disorder, menstrual molimina, premenstrual tension syndrome, premenstrual tension

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