lacto-

  1. a combining form meaning “milk,” used in the formation of compound words (lactometer); specialized in chemical terminology to mean “lactate,” or “lactic acid.”
Also lacti-; especially before a vowel, lact-.

Origin of lacto-

< Latin lact- (stem of lac milk) + -o-
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British Dictionary definitions for lacto-

lacto-

before a vowel lact-

combining form
  1. indicating milklactobacillus

Word Origin for lacto-

from Latin lact-, lac milk
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Word Origin and History for lacto-

before vowels, lac-, word-forming element meaning "milk," from Latin lac (genitive lactis) "milk," from PIE root *glakt- (see lactation).

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lacto- in Medicine

lacto-

pref.
  1. Milk:lactoglobulin.
  2. Lactose:lactase.
  3. Lactic acid:lactate.
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