mammary gland

mammary gland
noun Date: 1826 any of the large compound modified sebaceous glands that in female mammals are modified to secrete milk, are situated ventrally in pairs, and usually terminate in a nipple

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  • mammary gland — n. The milk secreting organ of female mammals. Syn: mamma. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mammary gland — mammary .gland n technical the part of a woman s breast that produces milk, or a similar part of a female animal …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mammary gland — mammary ,gland noun count MEDICAL an organ in a woman s breast that produces milk, or the similar organ in a female animal …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mammary gland — any of the compound accessory reproductive organs of female mammals that occur in pairs on the chest or ventral surface and contain milk producing lobes with ducts that empty into an external nipple, becoming functional when young are born and… …   Universalium

  • Mammary gland — One of the two half moon shaped glands on either side of the adult female chest, which with fatty tissue and the nipple make up the breast. Within each mammary gland is a network of sacs that produce milk during lactation and send it to the… …   Medical dictionary

  • mammary gland — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms mammary gland : singular mammary gland plural mammary glands medical an organ in a woman s breast that produces milk, or the similar organ in a female animal …   English dictionary

  • mammary gland — Glandular organ located on the chest. The mammary gland is made up of connective tissue, fat, and tissue that contains the glands that can make milk. Also called breast …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • mammary gland — noun milk secreting organ of female mammals • Syn: ↑mamma • Derivationally related forms: ↑mammary (for: ↑mamma) • Hypernyms: ↑exocrine gland, ↑exocrine, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • mammary gland — Milk producing gland of female mammals. An adapted sweat gland, it is made up of milk producing alveolar cells, surrounded by contractile myoepithelial cells, together with considerable numbers of fat cells. Milk production is hormonally… …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • mammary gland — noun A gland that secretes milk for suckling an infant or offspring. Syn: breast, dug, udder, boob, hooter, jug, knocker, melon, tit …   Wiktionary

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