lactiferous ducts

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lac·tif·er·ous ducts

one of the ducts, numbering 15-20, which drain the lobes of the mammary gland; they open at the nipple.

lac·tif·er·ous ducts

(lak-tif'ĕr-ŭs dŭkts) [TA]
Ducts numbering 15-20, which drain the lobes of the mammary gland; they open at the nipple.
Synonym(s): galactophore, mammillary ducts, milk ducts.


conveying milk.

lactiferous ducts
appearing first as epithelial diverticula which invade the mammary mesenchyme from the mammary buds, the precursors of the teats, these solid cords of cells later cavitate to produce lactiferous ducts.
lactiferous sinus
large cavity, continuous with the lactiferous ducts in mammary tissue, which serves as a reservoir for accumulated milk in the mammary gland until it is released at milking or suckling via the teat sinus and teat canal; is a combination of gland and teat sinuses.
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Breast cancer usually originates from the inner lining of milk ducts or lobules responsible for supplying the milk.
Cases of a slow-growing type of breast cancer, ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which is contained in the milk ducts and routinely picked up by screening, have been monitored by the NHS Sloane Project and the results are damning.
Interfering with the breastfeeding dyad by supplementing with artificial baby milk can lead to engorgement; this milk stasis can lead to blocked milk ducts and potentially mastitis.
Ductal carcinoma is the form of breast cancer which starts in the lining of the milk ducts while lobular carcinoma begins in the milk glands of the breast.
The most common causes, however, are milk ducts damaged during breast surgery and insufficient milk-producing glandular tissue (IGT).
The procedure, demonstrated on mice, offers direct access to the most common origin of breast cancer, the milk ducts, and could be used to offer cancer therapy that spares healthy regions of the body.
By targeting drugs directly into the milk ducts - the most common origin of breast cancer - researchers are able to spare healthy regions of the body.
The Solos MammoView Breast Endoscopy System employs advanced microendoscopes and optical technology which gives physicians sharp images of the milk ducts where the majority of breast cancer arises.
Breast cancer is a type of cancer originating from breast tissue, most commonly from the inner lining of milk ducts or the lobules that supply the ducts with milk.
The early diagnosis -- Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) in which the cancer in the milk ducts hasn't spread into any normal surrounding breast tissue, helped her treatment.
They didn't have prediabetes or a thyroid condition or a bad memory or clogged milk ducts or thinning hair or irritable bowels or insomnia or the frequent urge to urinate or a great husband whose touch made them cringe or a two-year-old who constantly asked, "Are you happy?
There is also a question mark about whether in future she will be able to breastfeed, the contents of the implants having leaked into her milk ducts.