mam·​mo·​gram | \ ˈma-mə-ˌgram How to pronounce mammogram (audio) \

Definition of mammogram

: a photograph of the breasts made by X-rays also : the procedure for producing a mammogram

Examples of mammogram in a Sentence

She went to the hospital for her yearly mammogram.
Recent Examples on the Web This free mammogram screening and education event is supported by the Connecticut Early Detection and Prevention Program., "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 13 Nov. 2020 But Engel, 53, has not been alone during the trying times that began in June 2019, when she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer following a mammogram. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Students, school and family help Jeffersontown elementary teachers fight breast cancer," 5 Nov. 2020 According to Coscio, the general recommendations are that women 40 and older should be screened annually with a mammogram. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Houston doctors urge annual breast cancer screenings for women starting at age 40," 14 Oct. 2020 Last year, Childers had been putting off getting a mammogram, citing lack of time and a false sense of security from the negative BRCA test. Jordan Erb, The Indianapolis Star, "Recently diagnosed with breast cancer, twin sisters host fundraiser and raise awareness," 10 Oct. 2020 It’s not unusual to be nervous about getting a mammogram. Anchorage Daily News, "Afraid of getting a mammogram? You’re not alone.," 5 Oct. 2020 Many didn’t have insurance, didn’t know where to get a mammogram or couldn’t afford to take time off from work. Angela Roberts,, "Breast cancer screening rates for immigrant women in Baltimore are low. These groups are fighting to change that.," 30 Oct. 2020 In June, my annual mammogram and subsequent biopsy revealed atypical ductal hyperplasia in my right breast. Kai Mcgee, Marie Claire, "When Your Breast Cancer Journey Takes an Unexpected Turn," 26 Oct. 2020 Avoid wearing deodorant or perfumes to prevent particles from showing up on your mammogram. Al Día Staff, Dallas News, "Parkland Hospital offering free mammograms at three mobile clinics this October," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of mammogram

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mammogram

Latin mamma "breast" + -o- + -gram — more at mamma

Note: The terms mammogram and mammography were introduced by the American physician and surgeon Nymphus Frederick Hicken (1900-98) in "Mammography: roentgenologic diagnosis of breast tumors by means of contrast media," Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, vol. 64 (1937), pp. 593-603.

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“Mammogram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mammogram

medical : a photograph of a woman's breasts made by X-rays


mam·​mo·​gram | \ ˈmam-ə-ˌgram How to pronounce mammogram (audio) \

Medical Definition of mammogram

1 : a photograph of the breasts made by X-rays
2 : the procedure for producing a mammogram

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