lac·​tic | \ ˈlak-tik How to pronounce lactic (audio) \

Definition of lactic

1a : of or relating to milk
b : obtained from sour milk or whey
2 : involving the production of lactic acid

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Yet, everyday cooks don’t need to read a lactic science paper to understand how to make chichi butter choices. Lucinda Scala Quinn, Washington Post, "How to put fancy, high-fat butter to its best use," 21 June 2019 Several beer styles use a lactic fermentation, but the gose is set apart by the addition of salt. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "How The Perfect Pickle Beer Is Made," 18 Oct. 2016 The sharp acidity of wild yeasts and lactic bacteria can make beers without backbone biting and sharp, but the rich notes of dark grain provide balancing depth. William Bostwick, WSJ, "Come Over to the Dark (Beer) Side," 23 Mar. 2018 But similar to how sprinters can only maintain their zip for short distances, fish can only rely on this process for a short time due to the buildup of lactic acid, which is dangerous in high concentrations. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How Do Goldfish Survive Winter? They Make Alcohol," 14 Aug. 2017 A secondary zeroing in occurs in the form of lactic acid, which is the by-product of muscle firing, or exercising. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "Here’s Why You Are a Mosquito Magnet," 10 July 2017 The bacteria begin chomping down on lactose, converting it to lactic acid. Jordan C. Axelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Wisconsin, we love our cheese curds. But how are they made? And why do they squeak?," 7 July 2017 Moisturize your feet at least twice a day (look for products that contain lactic acid or uric acid to keep callouses at bay), and pop on a pair of cotton socks. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "How to Solve Irritation from Head to Toe," 12 June 2017 The bacteria consume the lactose from the milk and excrete lactic acid and various flavor components. Allyson Reedy, The Denver Post, "Why do we love cheese? We count the ways with experts of the ooey-gooey goodness.," 18 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of lactic

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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lac·​tic | \ ˈlak-tik How to pronounce lactic (audio) \

Medical Definition of lactic

1a : of or relating to milk
b : obtained from sour milk or whey
2 : involving the production of lactic acid lactic fermentation

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