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[ma-mog-ruh-fee] /mæˈmɒg rə fi/
x-ray photography of a breast, especially for detection of tumors.
Origin of mammography
First recorded in 1935-40; mamm(a)2 + -o- + -graphy
Related forms
[mam-uh-graf-ik] /ˌmæm əˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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the technique of using X-rays to examine the breast in the early detection of cancer
Derived Forms
mammograph, mammogram, noun
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Word Origin and History for mammography

1937, from mammo- + -graphy.

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mammography in Medicine

mammography mam·mog·ra·phy (mā-mŏg'rə-fē)
Radiographic examination of the breasts for diagnostic purposes.

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mammography in Science
An x-ray image of the human breast, used to detect tumors or other abnormalities.

mammography noun (mā-mŏg'rə-fē)
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mammography in Culture
mammography [(ma-mog-ruh-fee)]

Examination of the breasts using x-rays. Mammography is useful in locating tumors of the breast that are too small to be detected by other means.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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