lactate

1 of 2

noun

lac·​tate ˈlak-ˌtāt How to pronounce lactate (audio)
: a salt or ester of lactic acid

lactate

2 of 2

verb

lactated; lactating

intransitive verb

: to secrete milk

Examples of lactate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Firecracker knows this too, and, obsessed with attaching herself to Homelander, has been taking medications to help her lactate. Alex Raiman, EW.com, 4 July 2024 Their heart rates remained normal; their blood glucose concentration, blood lactate levels, reaction times to visual and auditory stimuli, core body temperatures, and other metrics all turned out okay. Jacek Krywko, Ars Technica, 30 May 2024
Verb
The dairy cattle from farms where H5N1 infections were detected are prohibited from exhibitions, and all lactating cows, along with those in the last two months of pregnancy, also are banned from exhibitions until 60 days have passed with no new H5N1 infections in the state's cattle herds. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 28 June 2024 Older people, athletes (and generally active people), as well as pregnant and lactating people, may need more—between 1.2 to 2 grams per kilogram of body weight. Melissa Nieves, Verywell Health, 20 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for lactate 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1794, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lactate was circa 1794

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Cite this Entry

“Lactate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lactate. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

lactate

verb
lac·​tate
ˈlak-ˌtāt
lactated; lactating
: to give off milk
lactation
lak-ˈtā-shən
noun

Medical Definition

lactate

1 of 2 noun
lac·​tate ˈlak-ˌtāt How to pronounce lactate (audio)
: a salt or ester of lactic acid

lactate

2 of 2 intransitive verb
lactated; lactating
: to secrete milk

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