lactation

noun
lac·​ta·​tion | \ lak-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce lactation (audio) \
plural lactations

Definition of lactation

1 : the production and secretion of milk by the mammary glands … there may be overproduction of prolactin, the breast milk hormone. A sign of that might be abnormal lactation.— Paul G. Donohue When a doe kids and begins lactation, she must draw on the calcium stored in her bones to furnish enough blood calcium for milk production.— David B. Weems lactation rooms where mothers can express milk for baby.— Shawn Tully … the infants of mothers given the names of lactation support groups or individuals instead are more likely to be fully breast-feeding at four months.— Barbara Quick
2 : one complete period of lactation extending from about the time of birthing to weaning … cows fed 1.1 percent bicarb in the total ration produced an average 17,587 lbs. of milk per lactationEastern Milk Producer

Other Words from lactation

lactational \ lak-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce lactation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
lactational mastitis

First Known Use of lactation

circa 1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lactation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lactation. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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lactation

noun
lac·​ta·​tion | \ lak-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce lactation (audio) \

Medical Definition of lactation

1 : the secretion and yielding of milk by the mammary gland
2 : one complete period of lactation extending from about the time of parturition to weaning

Other Words from lactation

lactational \ -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce lactation (audio) \ adjective
lactationally \ -​ē How to pronounce lactation (audio) \ adverb

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