Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to a mamma, pap, dug, or teat.
  • Resembling a nipple.
  • Studded with mammiform protuberances; having rounded projections, as a mineral composed of convex concretions in form somewhat resembling breasts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the mammilla, or nipple, or to the breast; resembling a mammilla; mammilloid.
  • adjective (Min.) Composed of convex convex concretions, somewhat resembling the breasts in form; studded with small mammiform protuberances.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Resembling a breast or nipple in shape or form.
  • adjective Pertaining to the nipples.
  • noun geology, speleology A carbonate coating formed through the precipitation of calcium carbonate onto existing rock below the water surface in cave pools.
  • noun anatomy A mammillary body, one of a pair of small round bodies, located on the undersurface of the brain, that form part of the limbic system.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French mamillaire, or its source, Late Latin mamillaris.

Examples

  • The nuclei called mammillary bodies are involved in olfactory reflexes and emotional response to odours

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  • What’s especially interesting is that right next to the hypothalamus, where the feeding and satiety chemicals NPY and CART are produced, is a part of the brain called the mammillary body because it looks like a pair of breasts.

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  • What’s especially interesting is that right next to the hypothalamus, where the feeding and satiety chemicals NPY and CART are produced, is a part of the brain called the mammillary body because it looks like a pair of breasts.

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  • Their mammillary bodies -- globe-like structures in the brain which play a role in long-term memory -- get smaller.

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  • The nearby mammillary body literally shaped like a nipple is part of our limbic system, where we store memories and emotions–just the right combination to create a craving for a favorite food.

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  • The nearby mammillary body literally shaped like a nipple is part of our limbic system, where we store memories and emotions–just the right combination to create a craving for a favorite food.

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  • The nearby mammillary body literally shaped like a nipple is part of our limbic system, where we store memories and emotions–just the right combination to create a craving for a favorite food.

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  • Sometimes gold, evidently of reef origin, is found in the alluvial; but in that case it is generally fine as regards the size of the particles, more or less sharp-edged, or crystalline in form if recently shed; while such gold is often of poorer quality than the true alluvial which occurs in mammillary (breast-like) nuggets, and is of a higher degree of purity as gold.

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  • In various shapes, from sharp-edged crystals to mammillary-shaped nuggets of wood-tin; from masses of 30 lbs. weight to

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  • papillary IS the counterpart!

    June 16, 2009