Definition of mastitis in English:



  • [mass noun] Inflammation of the mammary gland in the breast or udder, typically due to bacterial infection via a damaged nipple or teat.

    • ‘Milk from cows treated with it is likely to contain pus from their udders since the hormone leads to mastitis, or udder infection.’
    • ‘Tuberculosis mastitis can occur as primary disease or can be secondary to tuberculosis elsewhere in the body.’
    • ‘Histologically, tubercular mastitis is a form of granulomatous inflammation.’
    • ‘Proper nutrition is also required to ensure cows can properly ward infections such as mastitis and prevent metabolic problems such as milk fever and ketosis.’
    • ‘The best way to prevent mastitis is keep the breast empty of milk.’
    • ‘Infections such as mastitis and cellulitis tend to be erythematous, tender, and warm to the touch; they may be more circumscribed if an abscess has formed.’
    • ‘And like many dairy cows, she often has mastitis, a painful udder inflammation, despite receiving antibiotics between lactations.’
    • ‘Signs of mastitis include lumps in the breast, redness, heat and tenderness, and milk solids coming from the nipple.’
    • ‘The mother should notify her own and the baby's physician of any symptoms of mastitis, and milk from an infected breast should not be fed.’
    • ‘In parts of Africa a productive dairy cow is a very valuable asset, so a condition like teat mastitis can be a matter of life or death for the herd.’
    • ‘The entire time I breastfed him I suffered from recurring mastitis caused by a nipple blister.’
    • ‘Now that she's over a year old, scientists are starting to test her milk for resistance to mastitis, a bacterial disease that costs U.S. producers about $1.7 billion annually.’
    • ‘When a ewe had trouble - mastitis, milk fever, pneumonia, blue bag - the pens filled with sick sheep and the sheep housing stock shrank.’
    • ‘The most common problem is nipple irritation and associated with that is mastitis, or inflammation and infection in the breast.’
    • ‘I experienced a lot of problems with my first child including mastitis and cracked nipples in spite of receiving a lot of assistance from the medical staff in the UK.’
    • ‘Smoking greatly increases your chances of a type of mastitis called periductal mastitis, which causes pain and redness around the nipple.’
    • ‘Cows injected with it are at an increased risk for mastitis, an udder infection that cows producing more milk are more susceptible to.’
    • ‘It is possible, in some cases, to have either yeast/fungal mastitis or bacterial mastitis coupled with yeast.’
    • ‘It may also be the first sign of mastitis, ductal candidiasis or another infectious process.’
    • ‘This results in mastitis - an inflammation of the mammary glands.’


Mid 19th century: from Greek mastos breast + -itis.