[ lak-tes-uhnt ]
/ lækˈtɛs ənt /
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becoming or being milky.
Botany, Entomology. secreting or producing a milky juice.
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Origin of lactescent
OTHER WORDS FROM lactescentlac·tes·cence, lac·tes·cen·cy, nounnon·lac·tes·cent, adjective
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How to use lactescent in a sentence
Umbilication rapidly occurs at the apex, and simultaneously their contents become lactescent and gradually sero-purulent.
Lactescent, producing milky juice, as does the Milkweed, &c.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
British Dictionary definitions for lactescent
/ (lækˈtɛsənt) /
(of plants and certain insects) secreting a milky fluid
milky or becoming milky
Derived forms of lactescentlactescence, noun
Word Origin for lactescent
C18: from Latin lactescēns, from lactescēre to become milky, from lact-, lac milk
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Medical definitions for lactescent
[ lăk-tĕs′ənt ]
Secreting or yielding a milky juice, as certain plants and insects.
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