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milk fever

Pathology. fever coinciding with the beginning of lactation, formerly believed to be due to lactation but really due to infection.
Veterinary Pathology. an acute disorder of calcium metabolism affecting dairy cows shortly after calving, causing somnolence and paralysis of the hind legs.
Origin of milk fever
1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • To my sorrow and to the man's heavy loss the cow died of milk-fever.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
  • The moment that milk-fever is observed the veterinary surgeon should be called in.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
  • She was in Perche, with her mother, when I learned that serious complications were feared from the milk-fever.

    The Lesser Bourgeoisie Honore de Balzac
  • Before calving, milk-fever, or dropping after calving, is to be guarded against.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
  • The grass being generally luxuriant in warm weather, and many cows going off in milk-fever at that season, has led to this error.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
British Dictionary definitions for milk-fever

milk fever

a fever that sometimes occurs shortly after childbirth, once thought to result from engorgement of the breasts with milk but now thought to be caused by infection
(vet science) Also called parturient fever, eclampsia. a disease of cows, goats, etc, occurring shortly after parturition, characterized by low blood calcium levels, paralysis, and loss of consciousness
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milk-fever in Medicine

milk fever n.
A slight elevation of temperature following childbirth, possibly due to the establishment of the secretion of milk.

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