mam·​mo·​gram ˈma-mə-ˌgram How to pronounce mammogram (audio)
: 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 Of the 31 breast cancer screenings scheduled for Tuesday, a total of 21 mammograms were conducted. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Sep. 2023 The veteran fashion model, 58, told the Wall Street Journal that doctors detected breast cancer during her annual mammogram in December 2018. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2023 Most important, experts note, is getting routine screenings—although, even then, mammograms do not detect about one in eight breast cancers, and other measures are needed to address initial false negative results. Byalexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 29 Aug. 2023 Suzanne Somers is diagnosed with breast cancer On April 4, 2000, Somers was scheduled to have a routine mammogram. Tabitha Britt, Peoplemag, 27 Aug. 2023 Indeed, nearly twice as many patients scheduled mammograms after getting a 76-word reminder as those who received the old 155-word message. Lola Butcher, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Aug. 2023 In June, the Duchess of York revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine mammogram and had undergone a mastectomy. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 4 Aug. 2023 In the wake of the investigation, the Handlers were ousted from Mattel, and Ruth focused on Nearly Me and spreading awareness about the importance of regular mammograms. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 31 July 2023 In the quest to detect breast cancer early, mammograms have been a key tool for decades. Laurie Saloman, Verywell Health, 17 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin mamma "breast" + -o- + -gram — more at mamma entry 1

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.

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mammogram was in 1937

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“Mammogram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


mam·​mo·​gram ˈmam-ə-ˌgram How to pronounce mammogram (audio)
: a photograph of the breasts made by X-rays
: the procedure for producing a mammogram

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