Yielding milk. [lacti- + L. fero, to bear]

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lac·tif·er·ous lak-'tif-(ə-)rəs adj secreting or conveying milk

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transporting or secreting milk, as the lactiferous ducts of the breast.

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lac·tif·er·ous (lak-tifґər-əs) [L. lacto- + ferre to bear] 1. conveying milk; called also galactophorous and lactigerous. 2. galactopoietic.

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  • Lactiferous — Lac*tif er*ous, a. [l. lac, lactis, milk + ferous: cf. F. lactif[ e]re.] Bearing or containing milk or a milky fluid; as, the lactiferous vessels, cells, or tissue of various vascular plants. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lactiferous — [lak tif′ər əs] adj. [LL lactifer < L lac (see LACTO ) + ferre, to BEAR1 + OUS] 1. yielding or conveying milk 2. forming a milky fluid …   English World dictionary

  • lactiferous — lactiferousness, n. /lak tif euhr euhs/, adj. 1. producing or secreting milk: lactiferous glands. 2. conveying milk or a milky fluid: lactiferous ducts. [1665 75; < NL lactifer that bears milk (see LACTI , FER) + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • lactiferous — adjective Etymology: French or Late Latin; French lactifère, from Late Latin lactifer, from Latin lact , lac + fer Date: circa 1674 1. yielding a milky juice < lactiferous plants > 2. secreting or conveying milk …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lactiferous — adj. transporting or secreting milk, as the lactiferous ducts of the breast …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Lactiferous duct — Cross section of the breast of a human female …   Wikipedia

  • lactiferous sinus — n an expansion in a lactiferous duct at the base of the nipple in which milk accumulates …   Medical dictionary

  • lactiferous duct — n any of the milk carrying ducts of the mammary gland that open on the nipple …   Medical dictionary

  • lactiferous — adjective Bearing or containing milk or a milky fluid …   Wiktionary

  • lactiferous — milk bearing Bearing and Carrying …   Phrontistery dictionary

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