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

Examples of lactate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The runners’ blood contained far more substances related to fueling and metabolism, with especially high levels of lactate, which is produced in abundance by working muscles. Gretchen Reynolds, Star Tribune, "How exercise might affect immunity to lower cancer risk," 21 Nov. 2020 No difference in heart rate, lactate, or perceived exertion. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Your Warm-Up Doesn’t Matter as Much as You Think," 28 Mar. 2020 For athletes, the idea is that the increased blood flow also increases the clearance of blood lactate and creatine kinase, both of which get released from muscles and into the bloodstream after vigorous exercise and is a signal of muscle damage. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "What actually works for muscle recovery—and what doesn’t," 17 Jan. 2019 For instance, both lactate and glucose break down to peroxide. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "What If Your Sweat Could Instantly Tell You How Healthy You Are?," 4 Feb. 2020 The latest research even suggests that lactate — a metabolic byproduct of exercise — has positive effects on mental health. Washington Post, "Here’s how exercise reduces anxiety and makes you feel more connected," 21 Jan. 2020 The main clue to what lets melanoma cells metastasize was that those that do chow down on lactate in the bloodstream. Sharon Begley, STAT, "New study in mice points to why melanoma spreads — and perhaps how to prevent metastasis," 18 Dec. 2019 These bacteria use lactate and break it down into propionate. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Elite Athletes’ Gut Bacteria Give Rodent Runners a Boost," 24 June 2019 Milner won the feared lactate test on Liverpool’s first day of pre-season at Melwood earlier in July, cementing his position as one of the Reds' fittest players. SI.com, "James Milner Admits He Doesn't Know How Long He'll Stay at Liverpool in Latest Contract Update," 22 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Males have a venomous spur on their hind legs, and females lactate by sweating on their tummies. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Platypuses Lost 22% of Their Habitat Over Last 30 Years," 25 Nov. 2020 Enter: a bioreactor of lactating human breast cells. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "A Bold and Controversial Idea for Making Breast Milk," 27 Feb. 2020 In all three cases, a lactating mother brought the new baby into the fold, said Patrícia Izar, an associate professor at the University of São Paulo in Brazil and a member of the team that studied the capuchin-marmoset adoption. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "The Leopard Cub With the Lioness Mom," 27 Feb. 2020 Trials for novel vaccines and therapeutics have excluded pregnant or lactating women and children with no clear and scientifically sound justification. Heidi Larson, STAT, "Perspective and commentary from experts around the world," 2 Mar. 2020 Frontier offers a number of accommodations for pregnant and lactating pilots and flight attendants within the bounds of protecting public safety, which is always our top priority. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "2 Women Allege in Lawsuit That They Were Sexually Assaulted on Frontier Airlines Flights and the Airline Failed to Respond," 16 Dec. 2019 The hypothesis states that lactating mothers produce breast milk sugar components that help an optimal gut microbiome to develop in the intestines of the newborn soon after birth. Enea Rezzonico, Scientific American, "Nestlé's research on nutrition and the human gut microbiome," 17 Feb. 2015 Frontier offers a number of accommodations for pregnant and lactating pilots and flight attendants within the bounds of protecting public safety, which is always our top priority. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "2 Women Allege in Lawsuit That They Were Sexually Assaulted on Frontier Airlines Flights and the Airline Failed to Respond," 16 Dec. 2019 Frontier offers a number of accommodations for pregnant and lactating pilots and flight attendants within the bounds of protecting public safety, which is always our top priority. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "2 Women Allege in Lawsuit That They Were Sexually Assaulted on Frontier Airlines Flights and the Airline Failed to Respond," 16 Dec. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lactate. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for lactate

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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