A specialized accessory gland of the skin of mammals that secretes milk. The gland is typically only developed in females, and regresses in males. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammary_gland http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6601-2165 http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BTO_0000817 ]

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Term information

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Subsets

uberon_slim, efo_slim, pheno_slim, organ_slim

latin term
glandula mammaria [ FMA : TA FMA : 57983 ]
plural term
mammae
definition
  • A specialized accessory gland of the skin of mammals that secretes milk. The gland is typically only developed in females, and regresses in males.
depicted by
  • http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/64/Illu_breast_anatomy.jpg
editor note
  • Originally this was classified as a female reproductive structure, as it was in the MP in 2011
external definition
  • Any of the milk-producing apocrine glands typically occurring in pairs in female mammals and consisting of lobes containing clusters of alveoli with a system of ducts to convey the milk to an external nipple or teat. [TFD][VHOG]
external ontology notes
  • The BTO class represents the combination of nipple plus lobe
  • The FMA class represents an individule lobe. The nipple is not a part
  • The MA class represents a composite structure, including the nipple, fat, connective tissue, smooth muscle as parts
has exact synonym
  • lactiferous gland
  • glandula mammaria
has narrow synonym
  • milk patch
  • lobe of breast
has related synonym
  • Brustdruese
  • lobe of mammary gland
  • dug
  • glandula mammaria
  • mamma
  • mammae
homology notes
  • The detailed similarities of mammary glands in living monotremes, marsupials, and eutherians argue for a monophyletic origin of these glands, perhaps by the combination of parts of preexisting sebaceous and sweat glands.[well established][VHOG]
id
  • UBERON:0001911
taxon notes
  • A mouse mammary gland contains a single duct or sinus, forming 5-10 secondary ducts
  • The male Dayak fruit bat has lactating mammary glands
  • The mammary glands of humans are in the thoracid/breast region. In other mammals they may be located elsewhere on the mammary ridges.