[ lak-tif-er-uh s ]
/ lækˈtɪf ər əs /


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

OTHER WORDS FROM lactiferous

lac·tif·er·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for lactiferous

/ (lækˈtɪfərəs) /


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

Derived forms of lactiferous

lactiferousness, noun

Word Origin for lactiferous

C17: from Latin lactifer, from lact-, lac milk
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Medical definitions for lactiferous

[ lăk-tĭfər-əs ]


Producing, secreting, or conveying milk.
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