lactation

noun lac·ta·tion \ lak-ˈtā-shən \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of lactation

plural lactations
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 lactation
  • Eastern Milk Producer

lactational

play \lak-ˈtā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective
    • lactational mastitis

First Known Use of lactation

circa 1837


Medical Dictionary

lactation

noun lac·ta·tion \ lak-ˈtā-shən \

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

lactational

play \-shən-ᵊl\ adjective

lactationally

play \\ adverb

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