Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Secretion or formation of milk by the mammary glands.
  • noun The period during which the mammary glands secrete milk.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The formation or secretion of milk; the physiological function of secreting milk.
  • noun The act of giving suck, or the time of suckling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The secretion and yielding of milk by the mammary gland; giving suck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The secretion of milk from the mammary gland of a female mammal.
  • noun The process of providing the milk to the young; breastfeeding.
  • noun The period of time that a mother lactates to feed her young; lactation period.

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

  • noun the production and secretion of milk by the mammary glands
  • noun the period following birth during which milk is secreted
  • noun feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast

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Examples

  • As he took mental notes on the relevant biology and process, a curious Flinx could not keep from mentally substituting the term lactation for secretion, even though nothing about the practice had anything to do with milk.

    Running from the Deity

  • As he took mental notes on the relevant biology and process, a curious Flinx could not keep from mentally substituting the term lactation for secretion, even though nothing about the practice had anything to do with milk.

    Running From The Deity

  • As he took mental notes on the relevant biology and process, a curious Flinx could not keep from mentally substituting the term lactation for secretion, even though nothing about the practice had anything to do with milk.

    Running From The Deity

  • According to Newman, lactation is listed as a possible side effect of the heart medication digoxin.

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  • Male lactation is most commonly caused by hormonal treatments given to men suffering from prostate cancer.

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  • Male lactation is most commonly caused by hormonal treatments given to men suffering from prostate cancer.

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  • The process of making breast milk is called lactation.

    The Simple Guide to Having a Baby

  • The process of making breast milk is called lactation.

    The Simple Guide to Having a Baby

  • The process of making breast milk is called lactation.

    The Simple Guide to Having a Baby

  • That was followed by a couple dozen entries that fell for the testes gambit, and only one curiosity seeker who chose "lactation" - guess everyone knew about the fruit bats.

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