lactiferous duct

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mammary duct

Any of the ±20 terminal ducts that drain the radially arranged lobules of the breast into the nipple.
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lactiferous duct

Any of 15 to 20 ducts that drain the lobes of the mammary gland. Each opens in a slight depression in the tip of the nipple.
Synonym: milk duct
See also: duct
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At Newcastle's Nuffield Hospital, Sam was eventually diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ, a cancer of the milk duct.
DOCTORS first thought that new mum Natalie Blanchon Janes had an infected milk duct in her breast.
Janet was first diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2008 after finding what she suspected was a blocked milk duct in her left breast.
WHEN Claire Cooper discovered a lump in her left breast when she was 36 weeks pregnant, she thought it was nothing more than a blocked milk duct.
"They noticed a slight variation in her mammogram from the time before and it turned out she had cancer in a milk duct.
Ductal lavage produced atypical breast milk duct epithelial cells in 17% of subjects and suspicious or malignant cells in another 7%.
"A nurse said that it was most likely a blocked milk duct because I was pregnant and that it would go away when I had the baby," she said.
Sam, of Ferndale Avenue, Wallsend, who is mum to Annabelle, four, and Daniel, nine, was found to have cancer of the milk duct.
A wart in the milk duct was duly diagnosed and removed in an hour-long operation.
"Blocked milk duct," said the doctor after a few tests.