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

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 The tests, which included lactate threshold, efficiency, and VO2max measurements, had become a standard part of his routine since switching his focus from alpine skiing to cycling three years earlier. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "The Story of the Cyclist with the Highest-Ever VO2max," 20 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Corn is a desirable crop to feed lactating cows and growing beef cattle. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Weather woes cause American corn farmers to throw in the towel," 18 June 2019 Pregnant women, meanwhile, are at a risk of early labor and lactating women are likely to become dehydrated more quickly. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "How to stay safe in this week's heat wave," 18 July 2019 SeaWorld’s animal-care team started providing eight bottle feedings a day after it was determined that Kaboodle was not lactating. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "SeaWorld Orlando welcomes its 2nd baby walrus," 11 Oct. 2018 Almonds surely don’t lactate—but keeping various milk products straight may not be a breeze. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "What is milk? Answer muddled after almond milk mixes with cow milk," 6 Aug. 2018 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

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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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