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lactate 1

Line breaks: lac|tate
Pronunciation: /lakˈteɪt/


[no object]
(Of a female mammal) secrete milk: (as adjective lactating) a concentrated dog food for lactating bitches
More example sentences
  • I had earlier posted a picture of a stuffed calf hanging from a house front in Mylapore, and speculated that it was meant to keep the cow lactating.
  • Such features may vary according to whether the patient was pregnant, lactating, or had recently terminated her pregnancy or lactation at the time of surgical excision.
  • Testosterone given to lactating females actually reduces their aggressive reaction to males.


Late 19th century: back-formation from lactation.

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lactate 2 Line breaks: lac|tate
Pronunciation: /ˈlakteɪt/


[mass noun] Chemistry
A salt or ester of lactic acid.
Example sentences
  • Some additives, such as salt, sodium lactate and phosphate, have antimicrobial activity.
  • This suggests that the H-type LDH is utilized for oxidizing lactate to pyruvate and the M-type the reverse.
  • Rolled barley decreased molar proportion of acetate and increased molar proportion of propionate and concentration of lactate in the cecal contents.


Late 18th century: from lactic + -ate1.

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