[lak-tif-er-uh s]


producing or secreting milk: lactiferous glands.
conveying milk or a milky fluid: lactiferous ducts.

Origin of lactiferous

1665–75; < New Latin lactifer that bears milk (see lacti-, -fer) + -ous
Related formslac·tif·er·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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producing, conveying, or secreting milk or a milky fluidlactiferous ducts
botany containing latex; laticiferous
Derived Formslactiferousness, noun

Word Origin for lactiferous

C17: from Latin lactifer, from lact-, lac milk
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lactiferous in Medicine




Producing, secreting, or conveying milk.
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