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

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British Dictionary definitions for mammography



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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mammography in Medicine




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.
Related formsmammography noun (mă-mŏgrə-fē)
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mammography in Culture



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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