lactate

noun
lac·​tate | \ ˈlak-ˌtāt How to pronounce lactate (audio) \

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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Other Words from lactate

Verb

lactation \ lak-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce lactation (audio) \ noun

Examples of lactate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

What was especially intriguing about these bacteria was their appetite for a molecule called lactate. Stephanie Demarco, latimes.com, "Marathon runners get a boost from the bacteria in their guts," 25 June 2019 The lactate, produced when the mice exercised, was metabolized by the bacteria after which by-products of this chemical process crossed into the circulatory system and resulted in a performance boost, the new research showed. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Could the poo of elite athletes provide an ingredient to improve physical performance?," 25 June 2019 Participants receive testing to determine their VO2max, body composition, lactate profile, and a gait analysis. Amanda Loudin, NBC News, "Summer camps for adults who like to run," 5 June 2019 The gel combines sodium lactate (a lactic acid derivative) with niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, to provide exfoliation with a ton of hydration. Hallie Gould, The Seattle Times, "6 top products for smooth summer skin," 26 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the past year, the FDA has released several draft guidances on how drug makers can study medication safety and efficacy in pregnant and lactating women. STAT, "How Europe is building a sweeping system to study medication safety in pregnant and lactating women," 21 June 2019 This combination is a perfect solution for moms who are sensitive to Goat’s Rue and other lactating supplement blends. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "Inside the mommy-friendly, scientifically sketchy world of breastfeeding supplements," 20 Dec. 2018 According to the Standard-Times, Eve was lactating when she was hit by a car, but volunteers were unable to find her puppies. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "A Texas Dog Who Acts Like a Mom to Kittens Is Recovering From a Car Accident," 28 Sep. 2018 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

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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

technical, of a woman or a female animal : to produce milk

lactate

noun
lac·​tate | \ ˈlak-ˌtāt How to pronounce lactate (audio) \

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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