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Lactation


/lakˈtāSHən/

Noun

1. Describes the secretion of milk from the mammary glands and the period of time that a mother lactates to feed her young. The process occurs in all female mammals, although it predates mammals. In humans the process of feeding milk is called breastfeeding or nursing. (wikipedia.org)

2. The period of the secretion of milk. (biology-online.org)

3. The secretion of milk by the mammary glands. (Google Dictionary)

4. The suckling of young. (Google Dictionary)

Word origin: From French lactation, from Late Latin lactationem (nominative lactatio) “a suckling,” noun of action from past participle stem of lactare “suckle,” from lac (genitive lactis) “milk.”


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