[ lak-tes-uh nt ]
/ lækˈtɛs ənt /


becoming or being milky.
Botany, Entomology. secreting or producing a milky juice.

Origin of lactescent

1660–70; < Latin lactēscent- (stem of lactēscēns), present participle of lactēscere to turn into milk, produce milk. See lact-, -escent

Related forms

lac·tes·cence, lac·tes·cen·cy, nounnon·lac·tes·cent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lactescent


/ (lækˈtɛsənt) /


(of plants and certain insects) secreting a milky fluid
milky or becoming milky

Derived Forms

lactescence, noun

Word Origin for lactescent

C18: from Latin lactescēns, from lactescēre to become milky, from lact-, lac milk
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Medicine definitions for lactescent


[ lăk-tĕsənt ]


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