colostrum

noun
co·los·trum | \ kə-ˈlä-strəm \

Definition of colostrum 

: milk secreted for a few days after childbirth and characterized by high protein and antibody content

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Other words from colostrum

colostral \kə-ˈlä-strəl \ adjective

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Newborns depend on colostrum, a rich mother's milk supplying nutrients required to survive the first few days, according to Bearizona medical personnel. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Born of tragedy, newborn elk triumphs thanks to kindness of strangers," 12 July 2018 Wombaroo had its colostrum product and giraffe formula ready to go. Serena Solomon, New York Times, "Saving Koalas, and Other Marsupials, With Milk Almost as Good as Mom’s," 24 Feb. 2018 If the situation did not improve within hours, caregivers would isolate the animal and begin a feeding program, starting with colostrum, an ultranutritious substance that mammals produce for a few days after birth to build a baby’s immune system. Serena Solomon, New York Times, "Saving Koalas, and Other Marsupials, With Milk Almost as Good as Mom’s," 24 Feb. 2018 The Journal of Infectious Disease from 1998 made a case for bovine colostrum, which was supported by information found in the Natural Medicine database. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Going abroad? Tips on preventing Montezuma’s revenge and other travel ailments," 31 Oct. 2017 There is evidence that bovine colostrum can be protective for TD caused by E.coli when it is taken before each meal. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Going abroad? Tips on preventing Montezuma’s revenge and other travel ailments," 31 Oct. 2017 Two Chinese panda experts brought colostrum, or early breast milk, from panda mothers in China to help in the crucial first week, Delord said. Washington Post, "France works to protect its first panda cub after twin died," 5 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of colostrum

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colostrum

Latin, beestings

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colostrum

noun
co·los·trum | \ kə-ˈläs-trəm \

Medical Definition of colostrum 

: milk secreted for a few days after childbirth and characterized by high protein and antibody content

Other words from colostrum

colostral \-trəl \ adjective

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