Definition of milk fever in English:

milk fever

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[mass noun]
  • 1An acute illness in female cows, goats, etc. that have just produced young, caused by calcium deficiency.
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    • Vitamin D has a more direct role in prevention of milk fever and other aberrations of calcium metabolism.
    • Ensure that all milking cows are receiving enough magnesium and calcium in their diet to avoid grass tetany and milk fever.
    • A negative DCAB diet fed to dairy cows during the prepartum period increases plasma Ca concentrations around parturition and reduces the incidence of milk fever.
  • 2A fever in women caused by infection after childbirth, formerly supposed to be due to the swelling of the breasts with milk.
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    • My mother, it should be said, had milk fever and couldn't breastfeed me.
    • My mother and I thought that she died of pneumonia, or perhaps milk fever.

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