lactate

1
[lak-teyt]
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Origin of lactate

1
1885–90; < Latin lactātus, past participle of lactāre to suckle. See lact-, -ate1
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Contemporary Examples of lactating

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British Dictionary definitions for lactating

lactate

1
noun
  1. an ester or salt of lactic acid

Word Origin for lactate

C18: from lacto- + -ate 1

lactate

2
verb
  1. (intr) (of mammals) to produce or secrete milk
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Word Origin and History for lactating

lactate

v.

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

lactate

n.

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

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lactating 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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