milk gland


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mam·ma·ry gland

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the potential and active compound, alveolar, mostly merocrine (with possible apocrine components) milk-secreting gland lying within the breast; it comprises 15-24 lobes, each consisting of many lobules, separated by adipose tissue and fibrous septa; the parenchyma of the resting postpubertal female gland consists of ducts; the alveoli develop only during pregnancy and remain active until weaning; normally, the gland remains rudimentary (undistinguishable from its childhood state) in men.
See also: breast (2).

milk gland

  1. see MAMMARY GLAND.
  2. a nutrient gland in the ‘uterus’ of viviparous species of insects, such as the tse-tse fly.
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Using data on more than 161.000 postmenopausal women in the Women's Health Initiative Clinical Trials and the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study, the study focused on women who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer (cancer which has spread outside the milk glands and ducts into the breast tissue) and who were followed for an average of seven years.
A small, benign cyst in one of your milk glands or milk ducts, which vary in size through the menstrual cycle.
Both of these could lead to an infection of the milk glands or mastitis.
Each breast contains milk glands and milk ducts which can increase or decrease in both size and number, as and when they are needed.
The epithelium is primarily composed of milk glands and ductal cells, and stroma is the connective tissue that supports epithelial cells.