Etymology
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lactate (v.)

"secrete milk from the breasts," 1889, probably a back-formation from lactation. The Latin verb was lactare. Related: Lactated; lactating.

lactate (n.)

salt of lactic acid, 1790, from French (1789), from stem of lactic + -ate (1).

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Definitions of lactate
1
lactate (v.)
give suck to;
Synonyms: breastfeed / suckle / suck / nurse / wet-nurse / give suck
2
lactate (n.)
a salt or ester of lactic acid;
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