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intransitive verb lactated, lactating
to secrete milk
Origin: from Classical Latin lactatus, past participle of lactare, secrete milk, suckle from lac: see lacto-
- a salt of lactic acid containing the monovalent, negative radical CHO
- an uncharged ester of lactic acid
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intransitive verb lac·tat·ed
To secrete or produce milk.
Origin: Latin lactāre, lactāt-, from lac, lact-, milk; see lacto-.
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A salt or an ester of lactic acid.
Origin: lact(o)- + -ate2.
lactate - Science Definition
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
A salt or ester of lactic acid. Lactate is a product of fermentation and is produced during cellular respiration as glucose is broken down.
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