EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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. Origin of colostrum
First recorded in
1570–80, colostrum is from the Latin word colostrum, colustrum beestings Related forms co·los·tral, adjective
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Examples from the Web for colostrum Historical Examples of colostrum British Dictionary definitions for colostrum noun 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 for colostrum
C16: from Latin, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for colostrum n.
1570s, from Latin
colostrum "first milk from an animal," of unknown origin.
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n. 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. foremilk Related forms co•los ( ′tral -trəl) adj.
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