Areole: Pigmented skin surrounding the nipple, which can vary in size and color. Breast feeding women often experience a darkening of the areola — the body’s way of helping infants see the nipple.
Binding: A way to reduce the appearance of one’s breasts, usually with compression garments made of spandex and nylon. Never use bandages for chest binding.
Contouring: Make-up techniques used to strategically place shadows and highlights on small breasts — to create the illusion of cleavage.
Droopy: At 18, British writer Chidera Eggerue (@theslumflower) started an online movement to challenge beauty norms and normalize the appearance of big/droopy/natural breasts without bras. #saggyboobsmatter.
Enhancement: Refers to the ‘support’ provided by bras to project, lift, push-up, push together and enhance breasts using construction, padding, and underwire. Bras that provide such services include the Bullet and of course, the Wonderbra.
Fat: Breasts are made up of lobules, ducts, connective tissue, ligaments and fat. Typically, the fat tissue (called adipose) determines the size of the breast, though this can vary with age/lifestyle for one person.
Gaffer Tape: A highly adhesive cotton fabric tape, commonly used in industrial staging work. Popularised by Kim Kardashian as a fashion hack for going braless whilst maintaining gravity defying breasts. #redcarpetcleavagesecret
Hooter: A 35 year old restaurant chain in the US that continues to be famous primarily for its buxom waitresses. Hooters has recently expanded to Europe, Japan, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Implants: A prosthesis that is surgically inserted into or in place of breasts, and used to change the size and shape of a breast. They are usually defined by their filler material — saline solution, composite filler, or silicone gel.
Jugs: Urban slang; referring to breasts. The origin is possibly from ‘milk jugs’, related to the idea of breasts as shapely containers for milk.
Kannagi: In the Tamizh epic ‘Silappadikaram’, Kannagi, anguished by the unlawful execution of her husband, tore off her left breast and threw it at the city of Madurai in South India, causing it to go up in flames.
Lumps: Localised swellings that feel different from surrounding breast tissue. They develop for many reasons and are sometimes cancerous. Regular breast exams are an important way to identify them and screen for breast cancer.
Mastectomy: Surgical removal of one or both breasts, either partially or completely, as part of the treatment for breast cancer. There are 5 types; Total, Skin Sparing, Nipple Sparing, Modified Radical, and Radical Mastectomy.
Nipple: Raised region of tissue on the areolae of female mammals, through which milk leaves the breast from the ends of mammary ducts. Males of the species have nipples as well, but they are not used for feeding.
Orgasm: Breasts are very sensitive, not just as an erogenous zone. A 2011 study revealed that nipple stimulation can activate the same parts of the brain as clitoral, vaginal, and cervical stimulation.
Pectus: Pectus Carinatum is a malformation of the chest, marked by a protrusion of the sternum and ribs. Pectus Excavatum is a deformation of the sternum, creating a caved-in chest.
Queens: Urban slang; referring to breasts. Origin debatable. Used in rap music lyrics, possibly referencing Egyptian royalty (maybe.)
Rack: Slang for breasts. Origin supposedly from ‘rack’ as a slang for antlers in deer and elk.
Suckling: When Greek goddess Hera breastfed the infant Heracles, he suckled so intensely it hurt her. As she pushed him away, Hera’s breast milk sprayed across the sky creating the Milky Way.
Top Surgery: Surgical chest reconstruction procedure either to augment breasts, or to remove them completely. It is commonly performed as a gender affirming surgery.
Upis: Artemis Ephesia, or Upis, is a Greek goddess based on previous Anatolian deities. Upis is depicted with polymastia, or multiple breasts, as a symbol for fertility, nurturing, and sustaining.
Victoria’s Secret: America’s largest lingerie retailer claims they are “the world’s best bras”. The brand is famous for its annual high profile fashion show, featuring leading models in extravagant lingerie.
Witch’s Mark: In 16th century Europe and North America, a person with a third nipple was considered a witch. People believed that it was used to suckle the devil, when in fact, it was actually raised bumps or warts.
XXX: Most common marker for very pornographic content, definitely featuring exaggerated and bare breasts.
Yeast Infection: Candida yeast can cause itchy fungal infections and violent spots/rashes on the skin. They thrive in warm, moist environments like the vagina, and under the breasts.
102ZZZ: Annie Hawkins-Turner aka Norma Stitz holds the Guinness World Record for Largest Natural Breasts. Her breast size is 102ZZZ; each of her breasts weigh in at around 56 lbs / 25 kg.