mam·​mog·​ra·​phy ma-ˈmä-grə-fē How to pronounce mammography (audio)
: X-ray examination of the breasts (as for early detection of cancer)
mammographic adjective

Examples of mammography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biennial screening mammography should be an individual decision. Barron H. Lerner, STAT, 2 May 2024 The major change outlined in the recommendation statement is the age at which all women should now start mammography, but the statement included information on other facets of breast cancer prevention as well. Maggie O'Neill, Health, 2 May 2024 In 1992, Congress enacted the Mammography Quality Standards Act in response to the federal government uncovering numerous quality problems in the field of mammography. Pam Kohl and Bill Kiser, STAT, 12 Apr. 2024 Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at the prevalence of mammography use over a two-year period, in a report published Tuesday. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 9 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for mammography 

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Word History


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

Note: See note at mammogram.

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mammography was in 1937

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Cite this Entry

“Mammography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


mam·​mog·​ra·​phy -fē How to pronounce mammography (audio)
plural mammographies
: X-ray examination of the breasts (as for early detection of cancer)
mammographic adjective

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