Definition of lactiferous in English:

lactiferous

Syllabification: lac·tif·er·ous
Pronunciation: /lakˈtif(ə)rəs
 
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adjective

chiefly Anatomy
  • Forming or conveying milk or milky fluid: lactiferous ducts
    More example sentences
    • If a surgical procedure is necessary, care should be taken to preserve breast function by using a radial incision, which has less chance of severing the nerve supply or lactiferous ducts than the usual circumareolar incision.
    • However, if the implant is placed on top of the pectoral muscle, it can exert pressure on the lactiferous ducts and glands, which will reduce lactation.
    • An example is the inferior pedicle technique, in which the areola and nipple are moved while attached to a mound of tissue, called a pedicle, that contains the still-connected lactiferous ducts and nerves.

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin lac, lact- 'milk' + -ferous.

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