In current practice, climacteric is most often a synonym for female menopause. In Princeton University's online Wordnet database, climacteric is listed as:
- (n) climacteric (a period in a man's life corresponding to menopause)
- (n) menopause, climacteric, change of life (the time in a woman's life in which the menstrual cycle ends)
The term is used by the International Menopause Society, which defines itself as "the society for the study of all aspects of the menopause in human."