[ 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·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


/ (mæˈmɒɡrəfɪ) /


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

Derived Forms

mammograph or mammogram, noun
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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 forms

mammography 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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