- to produce milk.
Origin of lactate1
Related Words for lactatingfeed, nourish, cradle, nurture, suckle, suck, wet-nurse, lactate, dry-nurse, bottle-feed, breast-feed
Examples from the Web for lactating
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of lactating
Lactating females (22 specimens) were collected in June and July.
Two females collected at this locality on April 16 and 17 were lactating.
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
Word Origin for lactate
- (intr) (of mammals) to produce or secrete milk
"secrete milk from the breasts," 1889, probably a back-formation from lactation. Related: Lactated; lactating.
- A salt or ester of lactic acid. Lactate is a product of fermentation and is produced during cellular respiration as glucose is broken down.