[ ma-mog-ruh-fee ]

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

Origin of mammography

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

Other words from mammography

  • mam·mo·graph·ic [mam-uh-graf-ik], /ˌmæm əˈgræf ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby mammography Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mammography in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mammography


/ (mæˈmɒɡrəfɪ) /

  1. the technique of using X-rays to examine the breast in the early detection of cancer

Derived forms of mammography

  • mammograph or mammogram, noun

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Cultural 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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