Definition of galactorrhoea in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • Excessive or inappropriate production of milk.

    • ‘Although the commonest presentation is secondary amenorrhoea, some women may present with galactorrhoea.’
    • ‘Symptoms of hyperprolactinaemia include amenorrhoea, galactorrhoea, infertility, loss of libido and erectile dysfunction.’
    • ‘Although galactorrhoea may occur with normal prolactin levels, it is usually associated with hyperprolactinaemia: prolactin, if appropriate.’
    • ‘Thyroid stimulating hormone, testosterone, and prolactin concentrations need be checked only if cycles are irregular or absent, suggesting anovulation, galactorrhoea, or symptoms of thyroid disorder.’
    • ‘Three months later the galactorrhoea had subsided, and regular menstrual cycles commenced.’


Mid 19th century: from Greek gala, galakt- ‘milk’ + rhoia ‘flux, flow’.