Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To secrete or produce milk.
  • n. A salt or an ester of lactic acid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To secrete or produce milk
  • n. Any salt or ester of lactic acid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A salt of lactic acid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To secrete milk.
  • To give suck or perform the function of lactation.
  • To convert into milk; cause to resemble milk.
  • n. In chem., a salt of lactic acid, or the acid of sour milk. The lactates are soluble in water, and many of them are uncrystallizable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a salt or ester of lactic acid
  • v. give suck to

Etymologies

Latin lactāre, lactāt-, from lac, lact-, milk; see lacto-.
lact(o)- + -ate2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lactātus, perfect passive participle of lactō ("contain milk, give suck"), from lac ("milk"), cognate to Ancient Greek γάλα (gala, "milk"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Not lactate, which is an entirely different chemical that bothers no one with lactose intolerance.

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  • These workouts, sometimes called lactate threshold runs, raise your anaerobic threshold, the point at which leg-tiring lactic acid will build up in the muscle.

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  • COOPER: An unusual protest in New York this week caught our attention, organized by women who've adopted an interesting name for themselves, a name they take from the verb to lactate, which is what females of the species naturally do after they've given birth.

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  • Elevated levels of an enzyme called lactate dehydrogenase LDH also may be a clue to the presence of liver disease, especially if your alkaline phosphatase level is elevated too.

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  • The researchers are investigating whether it is possible to apply the same approach to lactate, which is also present in sweat.

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  • Benito Lopez and colleagues are investigating whether it is possible to apply the same approach to lactate, which is also present in sweat.

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  • One involves the uptake of sugars that are broken down in the cytoplasm into a molecule called lactate by a process called glycolysis, which quickly yields a small amount of ATP, the enzyme that provides cellular energy.

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  • One involves the uptake of sugars that are broken down in the cytoplasm into a molecule called lactate via a process called glycolysis, which quickly yields a small amount of ATP, the enzyme that provides cellular energy.

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  • They took tissue culture from human noses and applied Zicam, and then looked for something called lactate dehydrogenase, a chemical that is an indicator of cell damage.

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