Meaning of galactorrhoea in English:


Pronunciation /ɡəˌlaktəˈriːə/


mass nounMedicine
  • Excessive or inappropriate production of milk.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Symptoms of hyperprolactinaemia include amenorrhoea, galactorrhoea, infertility, loss of libido and erectile dysfunction.’
    • ‘Although the commonest presentation is secondary amenorrhoea, some women may present with galactorrhoea.’
    • ‘Three months later the galactorrhoea had subsided, and regular menstrual cycles commenced.’
    • ‘Although galactorrhoea may occur with normal prolactin levels, it is usually associated with hyperprolactinaemia: prolactin, if appropriate.’


Late 18th century via Latin from Greek gala, galakt- ‘milk’ + rhoia ‘flux, flow’.