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lactescent

[lak-tes-uh nt] /lækˈtɛs ənt/
adjective
1.
becoming or being milky.
2.
Botany, Entomology. secreting or producing a milky juice.
Origin of lactescent
1660-1670
1660-70; < Latin lactēscent- (stem of lactēscēns), present participle of lactēscere to turn into milk, produce milk. See lact-, -escent
Related forms
lactescence, lactescency, noun
nonlactescent, adjective
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lactescent

/lækˈtɛsənt/
adjective
1.
(of plants and certain insects) secreting a milky fluid
2.
milky or becoming milky
Derived Forms
lactescence, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin lactescēns, from lactescēre to become milky, from lact-, lac milk
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lactescent in Medicine

lactescent lac·tes·cent (lāk-těs'ənt)
adj.

  1. Becoming milky.

  2. Milky.

  3. Secreting or yielding a milky juice, as certain plants and insects.

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