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Thursday 29 August 2013

Adj. mammary. Breast pathology


Definition: The breast is one of two prominences located on the upper ventral region of the torso of primates. In females, it serves as the mammary gland, which produces and secretes milk and feeds infants.

Both females and males develop breasts from the same embryological tissues. At puberty, estrogens, in conjunction with growth hormone, cause breast development in females.


- skin and nipple
- hypodermal fat / subcutaneous fat
- mammary gland

  • mammary ducts / lactiferous ducts
  • mammary lobules / clusters of acini


- mammary anomalies

  • benign proliferative anomalies

- mammary diseases
- mammary tumors