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(pēr′ē-ŏd )

[Gr. periodos, circuit, period of time]

1. The interval between two successive occurrences of any regularly recurring phenomenon or event; a cycle.
2. A colloquial expression for the menstrual flow.
3. The time a disease takes in running its course, or a stage of a disease, such as an incubation period.

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