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colostrum

Syllabification: co·los·trum
Pronunciation: /kəˈlästrəm
 
/

Definition of colostrum in English:

noun

The first secretion from the mammary glands after giving birth, rich in antibodies.
Example sentences
  • Antibodies acquired through colostrum at birth are critical to the newborn's health, but only last three to six months and while present can block the immune response to a vaccine.
  • Similar proportions of mothers in both groups began breast feeding within 12 hours of birth and reported feeding colostrum.
  • As the first milk that comes from a cow's udder, colostrum is rich in growth factors, antibodies and high-quality protein, making it a potentially valuable supplement for bodybuilders.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin.

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