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 Immediately after the mammogram, the radiologist scheduled her for a biopsy the following morning. Jennifer "jay" Palumbo, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 It was contained in one breast and so tiny it could only be detected by a mammogram. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2021 A few years before, doctors had ordered a sonogram after seeing something suspicious in a mammogram. Stephanie Emma Pfeffer,, 1 Oct. 2021 This free mammogram screening event is supported by the Connecticut Early Detection and Prevention Program and the Connecticut Well Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation Program., 1 Oct. 2021 Driving west on Fairmount, coming home after a good mammogram. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 5 Sep. 2021 The first lady shared how much her mammogram helped her. Caroline Catherman,, 8 Dec. 2021 Amy Robach is reflecting on her special relationship with Robin Roberts, eight years after the Good Morning America co-anchor convinced her to have her first mammogram. Marissa Charles,, 15 Oct. 2021 But my doctor assured me my mammogram didn't indicate that. Rebekah Kuschmider,, 14 Oct. 2021

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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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English Language Learners Definition of mammogram

: 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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