Definition of mammary in English:



  • Denoting or relating to the human female breasts or the milk-secreting organs of other mammals.

    ‘mammary tumour viruses’
    • ‘In spite of these similarities, several differences between rat and human mammary tumors have been reported.’
    • ‘Besides, hysterectomies provide long-term health benefits such as protection against ovarian cancer and mammary tumors.’
    • ‘Our study is larger than these and found no evidence of protection despite the experimental finding that development of mammary tumours is inhibited by such drugs.’
    • ‘Benzidine has caused bladder cancer in humans and dogs, liver and mammary tumours in rats.’
    • ‘The animal model used in this study is the naturally occurring canine mammary tumor.’


  • A breast.

    ‘Page Three has become synonymous with mammaries’
    • ‘So the last time I went to the ‘Guyanese’ doctor, based on what I told him, he ordered an ultrasound of the left mammary.’
    • ‘As a young adult, her mammaries were modest in scale, but at around the age of 22, she had them enhanced for the first time, either with silicone or silicone bags filled with saline solution.’
    • ‘It could result in a lifetime membership of misery and droopy mammaries.’
    • ‘The person to whom I previously bequeathed my entire estate, the woman with the enormous mammaries, apparently cannot be located, so I will have to designate new heirs.’
    • ‘So I certainly don't need to know the contours of her mammaries.’
    • ‘Indeed, if it was tried on anyone but the heir to the throne, the perpetrator might well find out how the victim rated her mammaries.’
    • ‘Anyhow, they're hers, it's her back that has to support the weight of those mammaries, and it was basically her decision.’
    • ‘Close your eyes, lean forward and rest your weary head on your sprawling mammaries that provide a very comfy pillow.’
    • ‘It was at that moment she took her towel and gave both mammaries a vigorous, circular rub.’
    • ‘I counted 26 breasts though, so if watercolour mammaries are your thing then you might enjoy taking a peep before the end of the month.’


Late 17th century: from mamma + -ary.