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Montgomery (pronunciation: /mɒntˈɡʌməri/) is a term with several meanings in the medical field. It is most commonly associated with the Montgomery glands and the Montgomery strap.


The term Montgomery is derived from the name of Irish obstetrician and gynaecologist, William Fetherstone Montgomery, who first described the Montgomery glands.

Montgomery Glands

Montgomery glands (also known as areolar glands or Glands of Montgomery) are sebaceous glands in the areola. They produce oily secretions (lipoid fluid) to keep the areola and the nipple lubricated and protected. Variations in size are normal, and the glands can become enlarged due to hormonal fluctuations.

Montgomery Strap

A Montgomery strap is a bandage used to hold dressings in place without the use of adhesive. It is commonly used in post-operative care, particularly for large wounds or wounds that require frequent dressing changes.

Related Terms

  • Areola: The pigmented area on the human breast around the nipple.
  • Sebaceous gland: Small oil-producing gland present in the skin of mammals.
  • Bandage: A piece of material used either to support a medical device or to provide support to or restrict the movement of a part of the body.
  • Post-operative care: The care that a patient receives following a surgical procedure.

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