[ ma-mog-ruh-fee ]
/ mæˈmɒg rə fi /


x-ray photography of a breast, especially for detection of tumors.

Nearby words

  1. mammitis,
  2. mammo-,
  3. mammock,
  4. mammogram,
  5. mammographic,
  6. mammon,
  7. mammonism,
  8. mammoplasty,
  9. mammose,
  10. mammoth

Origin of mammography

First recorded in 1935–40; mamm(a)2 + -o- + -graphy

Related formsmam·mo·graph·ic [mam-uh-graf-ik] /ˌmæm əˈgræf ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mammography

British Dictionary definitions for mammography


/ (mæˈmɒɡrəfɪ) /


the technique of using X-rays to examine the breast in the early detection of cancer
Derived Formsmammograph or mammogram, noun

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Word Origin and History for mammography



1937, from mammo- + -graphy.

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Medicine definitions for mammography


[ mă-mŏgrə-fē ]


Radiographic examination of the breasts for diagnostic purposes.

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Science definitions for mammography


[ mămə-grăm′ ]

An x-ray image of the human breast, used to detect tumors or other abnormalities.
Related formsmammography noun (mă-mŏgrə-fē)

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Culture definitions for 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.

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