lactate

noun
lac·tate | \ˈlak-ˌtāt \

Definition of lactate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a salt or ester of lactic acid

lactate

verb
lactated; lactating

Definition of lactate (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to secrete milk

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Verb

lactation \lak-ˈtā-shən \ noun

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Experiments have also shown that biofuel cells woven into garments such as headbands and wristbands can generate enough electricity from chemical reactions with sweat lactate to power a watch. Charles Q. Choi, Washington Post, "How the body could power pacemakers and other implantable devices," 9 June 2018 Similarly, the average heart rate and final lactate levels were essentially the same in both rides. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "You’re Faster with Friends, Even Uphill," 20 June 2018 Another strategy relies on devices — known as biofuel cells — that generate electricity via chemical reactions between enzymes and fuel molecules in, or released from, the body, such as glucose in blood, or lactate in sweat. Charles Q. Choi, Washington Post, "How the body could power pacemakers and other implantable devices," 9 June 2018 Experiments have also shown that biofuel cells woven into garments such as headbands and wristbands can readily generate enough electricity from chemical reactions with sweat lactate to power a watch. Charles Q. Choi, The Atlantic, "Your Heartbeat Could Power a Smartphone," 12 Apr. 2018 The device has a sensor printed onto it that detects lactate, a chemical present in sweat that rises during strenuous training regimens. Kathryn Free, Popular Mechanics, "A Temporary Tattoo to Track Your Workout and Charge Your Phone," 13 Aug. 2014 The tubes are coated with enzymes that process natural fuels, such as lactate in sweat or glucose in the blood. Charles Q. Choi, The Atlantic, "Your Heartbeat Could Power a Smartphone," 12 Apr. 2018 Detecting compounds in saliva like lactate, which is important in monitoring critical care patients, as well as athletes during training, could be simpler to achieve. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "This Tiny Tooth Sensor Could Keep Track of the Food You Eat," 20 Apr. 2018 Also contained within the pellets are the bacteria's food source: calcium lactate. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "This is why bacteria could be the answer to your pothole prayers," 3 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The sight of Holly in the church causes June to spontaneously lactate. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 12 Recap: 15 Reactions to 'Postpartum'," 4 July 2018 Fish and Wildlife says that almost 500 applications were made for permits, but just two were granted and only one ended in a dead wolf, a lactating female. Robbie George, National Geographic, "Rule to Allow Hunting Could Doom Rare Red Wolves," 29 June 2018 These repellants are also safe for use in pregnant and lactating women. Gabriela Moraru, M.d., miamiherald, "Summer is coming. Are you ready for the bugs?," 4 June 2018 These cockroaches possess protein-rich crystals that lactate to feed their young. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Is cockroach milk back as a superfood trend?," 26 May 2018 Hicks was lactating, and her doctor told her that her bulletproof vest was too tight and risked causing a breast infection. Anchorage Daily News, "Pregnancy discrimination is rampant inside America’s biggest companies," 16 June 2018 In fact, there are studies that suggest eating these foods while lactating may actually prevent allergic diseases. Chris Couch, USA TODAY, "Ask a Doc: Can I do anything to ensure my newborn doesn't develop allergies?," 17 May 2018 The book is a welcome addition to mountain literature, where women’s voices (and stories like lactating all over yourself in the woods while on the job) are still noticeably rare. Jayme Moye, Outside Online, "A Climbing Memoir with More Agony Than Ecstasy," 8 May 2018 Designed for pregnant and lactating women, this supplement is high in folic acid, iron, and zinc. Korin Miller, Allure, "Do You Need to Take a Multivitamin? Here's What Nutritionists Say," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of lactate

Noun

circa 1794, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lactate

Verb

Latin lactatus, past participle of lactare, from lact-, lac

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lactate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lactate

of a woman or a female animal : to produce milk

lactate

noun
lac·tate | \ˈlak-ˌtāt \

Medical Definition of lactate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a salt or ester of lactic acid

lactated; lactating

Medical Definition of lactate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to secrete milk

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