lactiferous ducts


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lac·tif·er·ous ducts

[TA]
one of the ducts, numbering 15-20, which drain the lobes of the mammary gland; they open at the nipple.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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It would be difficult to determine this type of spread preoperatively, as tumor just extends along lactiferous duct without mass-forming effect or induration.
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Papillary lesions of the breast include the spectrum of benign, high-risk, and malignant pathologies and, thus, may involve major or smaller lactiferous ducts. An understanding of the range of pathologic entities will aid the radiologist in considering these lesions on imaging studies.
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Lymph vessels of the adult mammary gland originate in the interlobular connective tissue and the walls of lactiferous ducts. These communicate with the overlying cutaneous lymphatic plexus, especially around the nipple in subareolar plexus, and then drain to the axilla.