Definition of lactiferous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌlakˈtif(ə)rəs/


chiefly Anatomy
Forming or conveying milk or milky fluid: lactiferous ducts
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  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: lac·tif·er·ous

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