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Definition : Undergarments designed to be worn to support the weight of women's breasts. They are constructed of an elasticized fabric chest band that wraps around the woman's torso and two fabric cups to hold the breasts. Brassieres typically include two shoulder straps; some are made without straps. Some brassieres include flexible underwires inserted at the bottom of the cups to add support. The brassieres are typically fastened by a hook-and-eye closure in either the front between the cups or at the back of the bra. Bras intended for use during sleep or during athletic activities typically do not have fasteners and are pulled on over the head and breasts. Bras designed to be worn without removal by a mother while breastfeeding, or to hold and support the breasts post-surgery, are also available.

Entry Terms : "Bras"

UMDC code : 10479

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