The term breast refers to the raised mound of
tissue that grows on the upper anterior ventral region of the human
torso (front of the human chest) and breasts are also found on many
While breasts are more visible on adult women, men also have breasts
which are usually less prominent, however they are structurally identical
to women's, as they develop from the
same embryologic tissues. Male breasts are typically more prominent
on obese men and breast growth in boys and men is becoming more
common due to the hormonal influences of
chemicals in our environment.
breasts come in many shapes and sizes and each breast is made up of
mammary glands and milk ducts, which secrete milk used to feed new
born babies, and a system of lymphatic nodes and ducts to remove
body waste, and fatty tissue which makes up the bulk
of the breast tissue.
Each breast has a nipple surrounded by an areola which may vary in
colour from pink to dark brown. The shape of the breasts has nothing
to do with the function of breasts to produce milk although larger
breasts will produce more milk.
Breast image courtesy of
Wikipedea, click on the image to view
Key: 1. Chest wall 2. Pectoralis muscles 3. Lobules 4. Nipple 5.
Areola 6. Duct 7. Fatty tissue 8. Skin.
Breasts in Society
Social attitudes toward female breasts differ in most countries and
regions of the world. In the few remaining places where the people
live close to the earth as hunter gatherers and the climate warm,
the women do not cover their breasts. However in Western society,
the breasts are often seen as sexual body parts and it is forbidden to
display them in public, yet throughout history there have been
periods where displayed to denote femininity and fertility.
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