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Spotting vs. Period

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There is no requirement of blood soaking pads in spotting while the requirement of pads becomes necessary in periods.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 02, 2016
The period is a sign that a woman is ready to be pregnant while spotting is an indication that a woman may or may not be pregnant.
There is excess bleeding during the menstrual cycle of women while the bleeding during spotting is very less, usually just a few drops of blood.
There are complications with periods such as mood swings and loss of memory while there are no side effects of spotting.
Janet White
Dec 02, 2016
Periods occur over a cycle of 28 days in a continuous manner while spotting is an activity which does not always occur unless there are some physical changes.
The period is a natural process for women while spotting may show that a health issue is arising.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 02, 2016
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a process which is not as common as periods but does occur in most women of the elderly age.
a symptom which shows that the menstruation cycle among a woman is about to end.

Activity

an activity which does not always occur unless there are some physical changes.
occur over a cycle of 28 days in a continuous manner

Indication

spotting is an indication that a woman may or may not be pregnant.
The period is a sign that a woman is ready to be pregnant

Bleeding

the bleeding is very less, usually just a few drops of blood.
There is excess bleeding
Aimie Carlson
Dec 02, 2016

Spotting and Period Definitions

Spotting

A mark on a surface differing sharply in color from its surroundings.

Period

An interval of time characterized by the occurrence of a certain condition, event, or phenomenon
A period of economic prosperity.
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Spotting

A blemish, mark, or pimple on the skin.

Period

An interval of time characterized by the prevalence of a specified culture, ideology, or technology
Artifacts of the pre-Columbian period.

Spotting

A stain or blot.

Period

An interval regarded as a distinct evolutionary or developmental phase
Picasso's early career is divided into his blue period and rose period.

Spotting

A mark or pip on a playing card; a spade, club, diamond, or heart.

Period

(Geology) A unit of time, longer than an epoch and shorter than an era.
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Spotting

A playing card with a specified number of such marks on it indicating its value.

Period

Any of the divisions of the academic day.

Spotting

(Informal) A piece of paper money worth a specified number of dollars
A five spot.

Period

Sports & Games A division of the playing time of a game.

Spotting

A small area
A bald spot.
An itchy spot.

Period

Physics & Astronomy The time interval between two successive occurrences of a recurrent event or phases of an event; a cycle
The period of a satellite's orbit.

Spotting

A location or position
A good spot for catching fish.

Period

See menstrual period.

Spotting

A point of interest
There are a lot of spots to visit in the old city.

Period

A point or portion of time at which something is ended; a completion or conclusion.

Spotting

A position or an item in an ordered arrangement
The first spot in line.

Period

A punctuation mark ( . ) indicating a full stop, placed at the end of declarative sentences and other statements thought to be complete, and after many abbreviations.

Spotting

(Football) The position of the ball for the line of scrimmage as determined by a referee after a play.

Period

The full pause at the end of a spoken sentence.

Spotting

(Informal) A situation, especially a troublesome one.

Period

A sentence of several carefully balanced clauses in formal writing.

Spotting

A flaw in one's reputation or character
A dark spot in his past.

Period

A metrical unit of quantitative verse consisting of two or more cola.

Spotting

A short presentation or commercial on television or radio between major programs
A news spot.

Period

An analogous unit or division of classical Greek or Latin prose.

Spotting

(Informal) A spotlight.

Period

(Music) A group of two or more phrases within a composition, often made up of 8 or 16 measures and terminating with a cadence.

Spotting

Pl. spot or spots A small croaker (Leiostomus xanthurus) of North American Atlantic waters, having a dark mark above each pectoral fin and valued as a food and game fish.

Period

The least interval in the range of the independent variable of a periodic function of a real variable in which all possible values of the dependent variable are assumed.

Spotting

Chiefly British A small amount; a bit
A spot of tea.

Period

A group of digits separated by commas in a written number.

Spotting

To soil with spots
Soot spotted the curtains.

Period

The number of digits that repeat in a repeating decimal. For example, 1/7 = 0.142857142857 ... has a six-digit period.

Spotting

To decorate with spots; dot.

Period

(Chemistry) A sequence of elements arranged in order of increasing atomic number and forming one of the horizontal rows in the periodic table.

Spotting

To bring disgrace to; besmirch
Rumors that spotted his reputation.

Period

Of, belonging to, or representing a certain historical age or time
A period piece.
Period furniture.

Spotting

To place in a particular location; situate precisely
Spotted their stores in smaller towns.

Period

Used to emphasize finality, as when expressing a decision or an opinion
You're not going to the movies tonight, period!.

Spotting

(Football) To position (the ball) determining the line of scrimmage after a play has been completed.

Period

A length of time.
There was a period of confusion following the announcement.
You'll be on probation for a six-month period.

Spotting

To detect or discern, especially visually; spy
Spotted him on the subway.

Period

A period of time in history seen as a single coherent entity; an epoch, era.
Food rationing continued in the post-war period.

Spotting

To remove spots from, as in a laundry.

Period

The punctuation mark “.” (indicating the ending of a sentence or marking an abbreviation).

Spotting

(Sports) To yield a favorable scoring margin to
Spotted their opponents 11 points.

Period

(figurative) A decisive end to something; a stop.

Spotting

(Sports) To act as a spotter for (a gymnast, for example).

Period

The length of time during which the same characteristics of a periodic phenomenon recur, such as the repetition of a wave or the rotation of a planet.

Spotting

(Informal) To lend
Can you spot me $25 until payday?.

Period

(euphemism) Female menstruation; an episode of this.
When she is on her period, she prefers not to go swimming.

Spotting

To become marked with spots
These dishes spot easily.

Period

A section of an artist's, writer's (etc.) career distinguished by a given quality, preoccupation etc.
This is one of the last paintings Picasso created during his Blue Period.

Spotting

To cause a discoloration or make a stain.

Period

Each of the divisions into which a school day is split, allocated to a given subject or activity.
I have math class in second period.

Spotting

To locate targets from the air during combat or training missions.

Period

Each of the intervals, typically three, of which a game is divided.
Gretzky scored in the last minute of the second period.

Spotting

Made, paid, or delivered immediately
A spot sale.

Period

One or more additional intervals to decide a tied game, an overtime period.
They won in the first overtime period.

Spotting

Of, relating to, or being a market in which payment or delivery is immediate
The spot market in oil.

Period

The length of time for a disease to run its course.

Spotting

Involving random or selective instances or actions
A spot investigation.

Period

An end or conclusion; the final point of a process etc.

Spotting

Presented between major radio or television programs
A spot announcement.

Period

(rhetoric) A complete sentence, especially one expressing a single thought or making a balanced, rhythmic whole.

Spotting

Present participle of spot

Period

(obsolete) A specific moment during a given process; a point, a stage.

Spotting

A spotted pattern.

Period

(chemistry) A row in the periodic table of the elements.

Spotting

The act of spotting or sighting something.

Period

(geology) A geochronologic unit of millions to tens of millions of years; a subdivision of an era, and subdivided into epochs.
These fossils are from the Jurassic period.

Spotting

The act of spotting or staining something

Period

(genetics) A Drosophila gene, the gene product of which is involved in regulation of the circadian rhythm.

Spotting

The act of detecting something; catching sight of something

Period

(music) Two phrases (an antecedent and a consequent phrase).

Period

(math) The length of an interval over which a periodic function, periodic sequence or repeating decimal repeats; often the least such length.

Period

(archaic) End point, conclusion.

Period

Designating anything from a given historical era. en
A period car
A period TV commercial

Period

Evoking, or appropriate for, a particular historical period, especially through the use of elaborate costumes and scenery.

Period

That's final; that's the end of the matter (analogous to a period ending a sentence); end of story.
I know you don't want to go to the dentist, but your teeth need to be checked, period!

Period

To come to a period; to conclude.

Period

To put an end to.

Period

A portion of time as limited and determined by some recurring phenomenon, as by the completion of a revolution of one of the heavenly bodies; a division of time, as a series of years, months, or days, in which something is completed, and ready to recommence and go on in the same order; as, the period of the sun, or the earth, or a comet.

Period

A stated and recurring interval of time; more generally, an interval of time specified or left indefinite; a certain series of years, months, days, or the like; a time; a cycle; an age; an epoch; as, the period of the Roman republic.
How by art to make plants more lasting than their ordinary period.

Period

One of the great divisions of geological time; as, the Tertiary period; the Glacial period. See the Chart of Geology.

Period

The termination or completion of a revolution, cycle, series of events, single event, or act; hence, a limit; a bound; an end; a conclusion.
So spake the archangel Michael; then paused,As at the world's great period.
Evils which shall never end till eternity hath a period.
This is the period of my ambition.

Period

A complete sentence, from one full stop to another; esp., a well-proportioned, harmonious sentence.
Periods are beautiful when they are not too long.

Period

The punctuation point [.] that marks the end of a complete sentence, or of an abbreviated word.

Period

One of several similar sets of figures or terms usually marked by points or commas placed at regular intervals, as in numeration, in the extraction of roots, and in circulating decimals.

Period

The time of the exacerbation and remission of a disease, or of the paroxysm and intermission.

Period

A complete musical sentence.

Period

To put an end to.

Period

To come to a period; to conclude. [Obs.] "You may period upon this, that," etc.

Period

An amount of time;
A time period of 30 years
Hastened the period of time of his recovery
Picasso's blue period

Period

One of three periods of play in hockey games

Period

A stage in the history of a culture having a definable place in space and time;
A novel from the Victorian period

Period

The interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenon

Period

The monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause;
The women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation
A woman does not take the gout unless her menses be stopped
The semen begins to appear in males and to be emitted at the same time of life that the catamenia begin to flow in females

Period

A punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations;
In England they call a period a stop

Period

A unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed;
Ganoid fishes swarmed during the earlier geological periods

Period

The end or completion of something;
Death put a period to his endeavors
A change soon put a period to my tranquility

Definition of Period

A period is a symptom which shows that the menstruation cycle among a woman is about to end, it is an activity which occurs at the end of the month, usually after 28 odd days in which there is an excess of bleeding from the vaginal area and can lead to severe pain and other issues. The period can start as early as after 21 days while it can be as long as 35 days. It also causes some psychological issues and results in mood swings which are very common in girls. There is a requirement of pads or protective material which can help the stoppage of blood. When this process starts the area near the uterus creates a lining in the first few days of the process and as the process continues over the next few days the line becomes remote and at the end of the process is completely diminished. The symptoms of the period include a headache, cramps, swelling of breasts, high running emotions, and other similar phenomenon but there is no requirement of any sort of medication since the process is completely normal.

Definition of Spotting

This is a process which is not as common as periods but does occur in most women of the elderly age. This process involves pain the vaginal area and bleeding too. Though in this case, the bleeding is very minimal and in some case the blood is just a few drops which mean there is no requirement of any protective material. There is also no requirement of any sort of medication in most cases but if the problem persists a gynecologist can be consulted. It also shows the sign that a woman is pregnant if married or in other cases points to some physical changes taking place in the body and even some health issue. It does not last for long and may end in one of two days but there is a possibility if something serious exists that this might take a few weeks to solve. The bleeding, in this case, is brownish in color and in the form of drops.

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