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lactate1

[lak-teyt]
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verb (used without object), lac·tat·ed, lac·tat·ing.
  1. to produce milk.
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Origin of lactate1

1885–90; < Latin lactātus, past participle of lactāre to suckle. See lact-, -ate1

lactate2

[lak-teyt]
noun Chemistry.
  1. an ester or salt of lactic acid.
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Origin of lactate2

First recorded in 1785–95; lact(ic acid) + -ate2
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British Dictionary definitions for lactate

lactate1

noun
  1. an ester or salt of lactic acid
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Word Origin

C18: from lacto- + -ate 1

lactate2

verb
  1. (intr) (of mammals) to produce or secrete milk
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Word Origin and History for lactate

v.

"secrete milk from the breasts," 1889, probably a back-formation from lactation. Related: Lactated; lactating.

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n.

1794, from stem of lactic + -ate (1).

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lactate in Science

lactate

[lăktāt′]
  1. A salt or ester of lactic acid. Lactate is a product of fermentation and is produced during cellular respiration as glucose is broken down.
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