One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Excessive or inappropriate production of milk.
- ‘Symptoms of hyperprolactinaemia include amenorrhoea, galactorrhoea, infertility, loss of libido and erectile dysfunction.’
- ‘Three months later the galactorrhoea had subsided, and regular menstrual cycles commenced.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Although the commonest presentation is secondary amenorrhoea, some women may present with galactorrhoea.’
- ‘Although galactorrhoea may occur with normal prolactin levels, it is usually associated with hyperprolactinaemia: prolactin, if appropriate.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek gala, galakt- ‘milk’ + rhoia ‘flux, flow’.
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