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lactate1

[lak-teyt] /ˈlæk teɪt/
verb (used without object), lactated, lactating.
1.
to produce milk.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Latin lactātus, past participle of lactāre to suckle. See lact-, -ate1

lactate2

[lak-teyt] /ˈlæk teɪt/
noun, Chemistry
1.
an ester or salt of lactic acid.
Origin
1785-95; lact(ic acid) + -ate2
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Examples for lactate
  • Carbs break down into lactic acid in your muscles, which becomes lactate in the blood.
  • Calcium lactate has similar absorption as calcium carbonate, but is more expensive.
British Dictionary definitions for lactate

lactate1

/ˈlækteɪt/
noun
1.
an ester or salt of lactic acid
Word Origin
C18: from lacto- + -ate1

lactate2

/ˈlækteɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (of mammals) to produce or secrete milk
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Word Origin and History for lactate
lactate
"secrete milk from the breasts," 1889, back formation from lactation. Related: Lactating.
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lactate in Medicine

lactate lac·tate1 (lāk'tāt')
v. lac·tat·ed, lac·tat·ing, lac·tates
To secrete or produce milk.

lactate 2
n.
A salt or an ester of lactic acid.

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lactate in Science
lactate
  (lāk'tāt')   
A salt or ester of lactic acid. Lactate is a product of fermentation and is produced during cellular respiration as glucose is broken down.
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