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[kuh-los-truh m] /kəˈlɒs trəm/
a yellowish liquid, especially rich in immune factors, secreted by the mammary gland of female mammals a few days before and after the birth of their young.
Also called foremilk.
Origin of colostrum
First recorded in 1570-80, colostrum is from the Latin word colostrum, colustrum beestings
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colostral, adjective Unabridged
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the thin milky secretion from the nipples that precedes and follows true lactation. It consists largely of serum and white blood cells
Derived Forms
colostral, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for colostrum

1570s, from Latin colostrum "first milk from an animal," of unknown origin.

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colostrum in Medicine

colostrum co·los·trum (kə-lŏs'trəm)
The first milk secreted at the time of parturition, differing from the milk secreted later by containing more lactalbumin and lactoprotein, and also being rich in antibodies that confer passive immunity to the newborn. Also called foremilk.

co·los'tral (-trəl) adj.
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