- to produce milk.
Origin of lactate1
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Examples from the Web for lactating
When your hungry baby latches to your lactating breast, are you simply nursing your child or making a political statement?Is Breast Milk Really Best?
February 27, 2014
Two females collected at this locality on April 16 and 17 were lactating.
Lactating females (22 specimens) were collected in June and July.
One of the seven females was lactating; none contained embryos.Mammals of the Grand Mesa, Colorado
In August three females were pregnant or lactating, or both.Mammals of Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Four females obtained in March were lactating, as was one taken in December and one taken in January.Systematics of Megachiropteran Bats in the Solomon Islands
Carleton J. Phillips
- an ester or salt of lactic acid
C18: from lacto- + -ate 1
- (intr) (of mammals) to produce or secrete milk
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Word Origin and History for lactating
"secrete milk from the breasts," 1889, probably a back-formation from lactation. Related: Lactated; lactating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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