Definition of Lactation

1. Noun. The period following birth during which milk is secreted. "Lactation normally continues until weaning"

Generic synonyms: Period, Period Of Time, Time Period
Derivative terms: Lactate

2. Noun. The production and secretion of milk by the mammary glands.
Generic synonyms: Activity, Bodily Function, Bodily Process, Body Process
Derivative terms: Lactate

3. Noun. Feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast.
Exact synonyms: Suckling
Generic synonyms: Alimentation, Feeding
Derivative terms: Lactate

Definition of Lactation

1. n. A giving suck; the secretion and yielding of milk by the mammary gland.

Definition of Lactation

1. Noun. The secretion of milk from the mammary gland of a female mammal. ¹

2. Noun. The process of providing the milk to the young; breastfeeding. ¹

3. Noun. The period of time that a mother lactates to feed her young; '''lactation''' period. ¹

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Definition of Lactation

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Medical Definition of Lactation

1. The period of the secretion of milk. Origin: L. Lactatio, from lactare = to suckle This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lactation

lactate-2-sulfate sulfatase
lactate 2-mono-oxygenase
lactate dehydratase
lactate dehydrogenase
lactate dehydrogenase isoenzymes
lactate dehydrogenase virus
lactate level
lactated Ringer's injection
lactated Ringer's solution
lactating adenoma
lactation (current term)
lactation amenorrhoea
lactation hormone
lactational mastitis
lactatriaosylceramide beta 1-3 galactosyltransferase
lacteal cyst
lacteal fistula
lacteal vessel

Literary usage of Lactation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Milk by Paul Gustav Heinemann (1919)
"—The change in composition of milk during the lactation period has been ... The variability of milk constituents during lactation naturally affects the food ..."

2. The Family: An Ethnographical and Historical Outline with Descriptive Notes by Elsie Worthington Clews Parsons (1906)
"The custom of requiring sexual restraint during the period of lactation is a check upon the birth-rate. It is also probable, although the evidence on this ..."

3. The Journal of Heredity by American Genetic Association (1920)
"The time of year for the commencement of the lactation has been favorable to a medium ... This cow proved very difficult to settle for her second lactation. ..."

4. A Treatise on the Diseases of Infancy and Childhood by Job Lewis Smith (1872)
"Inflammation of the breast often presents an impediment to lactation. It is a common and painful affection, suspending, or greatly diminishing the secretion ..."

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