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  • noun A substance that induces lactation.


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From Ancient Greek γάλακτος (galaktos, "milk") + ἀγωγός (agogos, "guide").


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  • Wow, what a word! I thought it might refer to a demagogue on a galactic scale. Wikipedia defines it thus: "A galactagogue is a substance, typically a herb, that increases lactation. The most commonly used herbal galactagogues are fenugreek, blessed thistle, and alfalfa; others include anise, astragalus root, burdock, nettle, fennel, and vervain."

    September 21, 2007

  • Sheesh. File under "Words Whose Meanings You'll Never Guess." :-)

    September 21, 2007

  • I'll throw another usage out there:

    "Galactagogues: These are substances that increase milk supply. Chemical galactogogues (found in prescription medications, such as domperidone) can increase prolactin levels (and milk supply) by blocking dopamine. Many people have had success with these drugs, although they are not effective in all situations, and may have side effects. Fennel, oatmeal, blessed thistle, and fenugreek are also used...."

    —Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen Morris, From the Hips, 304

    April 20, 2009

  • See fenugreek.

    November 16, 2010

  • I was about to ask whether the action of a galactagogue is “galactagogy” or “galactagoguery”, but it appears Time beat me to the punch.

    January 25, 2011