verb (used without object), lac·tat·ed, lac·tat·ing.
to produce milk.
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Origin of lactate1
Origin of lactate2
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an ester or salt of lactic acid
Word Origin for lactate
C18: from lacto- + -ate 1
(intr) (of mammals) to produce or secrete milk
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"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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