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galactorrhea

[guh-lak-tuh-ree-uh] /gəˌlæk təˈri ə/
noun, Pathology
1.
an abnormally abundant flow of milk in a lactating woman.
2.
secretion of milk from the breast of a nonlactating person.
Also, galactorrhoea.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; galacto- + -rrhea
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galactorrhea in Medicine

galactorrhea ga·lac·tor·rhe·a (gə-lāk'tə-rē'ə)
n.

  1. A continued discharge of milk from the breasts between intervals of nursing or after weaning. Also called lactorrhea.

  2. Excessive flow of milk during lactation.

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Encyclopedia Article for galactorrhea

excessive flow of milk from the breast, or lactation that is not associated with childbirth or nursing. The abnormal production of milk in women is usually due to excessive levels of estrogen in the body or to excessive production of prolactin, a hormone that is manufactured by the pituitary gland and that stimulates the production of milk. Galactorrhea may also be caused by a tumour or other disorder occurring in the pituitary gland. The milk of a nursing mother who has galactorrhea may be watery, whitish green in colour, and of poor quality

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