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1. the pigmented projection at the tip of each breast; it is smaller in men than women. In women it gives outlet to the lactiferous ducts. Called also mammary papilla, mammilla, and teat.
2. any structure shaped like the nipple of the breast; see papilla.

The nipples are located slightly to the side rather than in the middle of the breasts. Usually, the size of the nipple is in proportion to the size of the breast, but large nipples may be found on small breasts and vice versa.

Surrounding the nipple is a pigmented area called the areola. The color of the areola varies with the complexion. In childless women, it is usually reddish. During pregnancy it increases in size and darkens in color, becoming almost black in brunettes. The color fades after the milk-producing period ends. The tip of the female nipple contains tiny depressions that are openings of the lactiferous ducts. During pregnancy special care should be given the nipples. Any secretion that accumulates should be gently washed off. If the nipples are tender, the physician will advise the use of cold cream, cocoa butter, lanolin, or another emollient to increase their pliability.
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(nip'ĕl), [TA]
A bulblike or buttonlike projection at the apex of the breast on the surface of which the lactiferous ducts open; it is surrounded by a circular pigmented area, the areola.
Synonym(s): papilla mammae [TA], mammilla (2) , papilla of breast, teat (1) , thele, thelium (3)
[dim. of A.S. neb, beak, nose (?)]
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(tēt, tĭt)
A nipple of the mammary gland; a mamilla.

teat′ed adj.
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(nip'ĕl) [TA]
A blunt conic projection at the apex of the breast on the surface of which the lactiferous ducts open; it is surrounded by a circular pigmented area, the areola.
Synonym(s): mammilla (2) , teat (1) , thelium (3) .
[dim. of A.S. neb, beak]


1. The pectoral surface of the thorax.
2. The organ of milk secretion; one of two hemispheric projections situated in the subcutaneous tissue anterior to the pectoralis major muscle on either side of the thorax or chest of the mature female; it is rudimentary in the male.
Synonym(s): mamma [TA] , teat (2) .
[A.S. breōst]


, pl. papillae (pă-pil'ă, -ē) [TA]
Any small, nipplelike process.
See also: dental papilla
Synonym(s): teat (3) .
[L. a nipple, dim. of papula, a pimple]
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A milking cow that is down should be provided with a clean plastic surface for the udder to lie on for the first one hour after every milking to allow the teat canal opening to close fully.
It was observed that fat yield had positive relationship with udder teat angle, and negative relationship with distance between udder teats and distance between udder teats places.
Teat functionality varies, and mammals that are primarily monotocous like cattle have four functional teats, whereas humans, primates, elephants, sheep and goats have two (Anderson et al., 1982).
Generally, teats are grouped into functional (good and desirable) teats, inverted and supernumerary (extra) teats.
Investigation on milk flow and milk yield from teats with milk flow disorders.
The Anti-Colic baby bottle uses a system called Twistflow(r) which is designed to prevent baby colic and formula blockages, and maintain an even flow while the Anti-Colic Teat is made from premium, super-soft silicon and mimics the mother's breast.
There was information on identifying the signs that milking is not being carried out gently or effectively, with tell-tale signals including discoloured teats post-milking or teat-end hyperkeratosis.
The objective of this study was to verify if the piglets that suck anterior teats differ from the others in the litter in terms of birth weight and have the highest growth rate during lactation, and if it affects behaviour and post-weaning weight gain, when piglets intake only a solid diet.
Researchers from the University of Warwick scored nearly 5,000 pedigree and commercial ewes at four weeks before lambing and nine weeks after giving birth over two breeding seasons, looking at teat position, teat angle and udder drop.