Milk sickness
Milk Milk (m[i^]lk), n. [AS. meoluc, meoloc, meolc, milc; akin to OFries. meloc, D. melk, G. milch, OHG. miluh, Icel. mj[=o]lk, Sw. mj["o]lk, Dan. melk, Goth. miluks, G. melken to milk, OHG. melchan, Lith. milszti, L. mulgere, Gr. 'ame`lgein. [root]107. Cf. {Milch}, {Emulsion}, {Milt} soft roe of fishes.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Physiol.) A white fluid secreted by the mammary glands of female mammals for the nourishment of their young, consisting of minute globules of fat suspended in a solution of casein, albumin, milk sugar, and inorganic salts. ``White as morne milk.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) A kind of juice or sap, usually white in color, found in certain plants; latex. See {Latex}. [1913 Webster]

3. An emulsion made by bruising seeds; as, the milk of almonds, produced by pounding almonds with sugar and water. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) The ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster. [1913 Webster]

{Condensed milk}. See under {Condense}, v. t.

{Milk crust} (Med.), vesicular eczema occurring on the face and scalp of nursing infants. See {Eczema}.

{Milk fever}. (a) (Med.) A fever which accompanies or precedes the first lactation. It is usually transitory. (b) (Vet. Surg.) A form puerperal peritonitis in cattle; also, a variety of meningitis occurring in cows after calving.

{Milk glass}, glass having a milky appearance.

{Milk knot} (Med.), a hard lump forming in the breast of a nursing woman, due to obstruction to the flow of milk and congestion of the mammary glands.

{Milk leg} (Med.), a swollen condition of the leg, usually in puerperal women, caused by an inflammation of veins, and characterized by a white appearance occasioned by an accumulation of serum and sometimes of pus in the cellular tissue.

{Milk meats}, food made from milk, as butter and cheese. [Obs.] --Bailey.

{Milk mirror}. Same as {Escutcheon}, 2.

{Milk molar} (Anat.), one of the deciduous molar teeth which are shed and replaced by the premolars.

{Milk of lime} (Chem.), a watery emulsion of calcium hydrate, produced by macerating quicklime in water.

{Milk parsley} (Bot.), an umbelliferous plant ({Peucedanum palustre}) of Europe and Asia, having a milky juice.

{Milk pea} (Bot.), a genus ({Galactia}) of leguminous and, usually, twining plants.

{Milk sickness} (Med.), See {milk sickness} in the vocabulary.

{Milk snake} (Zo["o]l.), a harmless American snake ({Ophibolus triangulus}, or {Ophibolus eximius}). It is variously marked with white, gray, and red. Called also {milk adder}, {chicken snake}, {house snake}, etc.

{Milk sugar}. (Physiol. Chem.) See {Lactose}, and {Sugar of milk} (below).

{Milk thistle} (Bot.), an esculent European thistle ({Silybum marianum}), having the veins of its leaves of a milky whiteness.

{Milk thrush}. (Med.) See {Thrush}.

{Milk tooth} (Anat.), one of the temporary first set of teeth in young mammals; in man there are twenty.

{Milk tree} (Bot.), a tree yielding a milky juice, as the cow tree of South America ({Brosimum Galactodendron}), and the {Euphorbia balsamifera} of the Canaries, the milk of both of which is wholesome food.

{Milk vessel} (Bot.), a special cell in the inner bark of a plant, or a series of cells, in which the milky juice is contained. See {Latex}.

{Rock milk}. See {Agaric mineral}, under {Agaric}.

{Sugar of milk}. The sugar characteristic of milk; a hard white crystalline slightly sweet substance obtained by evaporation of the whey of milk. It is used in pellets and powder as a vehicle for homeopathic medicines, and as an article of diet. See {Lactose}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Milk sickness — (Veter., Med.) A peculiar malignant disease, occurring in parts of the western United States, and affecting certain kinds of farm stock (esp. cows), and persons using the meat or dairy products of infected cattle. Its chief symptoms in man are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Milk-sickness — (engl., Milchkrankheit), in Nordamerika eine Krankheit der Pferde und Wiederkäuer, die anscheinend auf gewissen Weiden namentlich dann entsteht, wenn die Tiere frühmorgens oder spät abends weiden. Die erkrankten Tiere stehen traurig auf einem… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • Milk sickness — This article is about poisoning from milk tainted by a plant toxin . For illness due to milk contaminated with bacteria, see Foodborne illness . For ordinary indigestion caused by consuming dairy, see Lactose intolerance. Milk sickness… …   Wikipedia

  • milk sickness — milk′ sick ness n. pat a disease of humans caused by consuming milk from cattle that have eaten poisonous weeds • Etymology: 1815–25, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • milk sickness — Pathol. a disease of humans, formerly common in some parts of the Middle West, caused by consuming milk from cattle that have been poisoned by eating certain kinds of snakeroot. [1815 25, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • milk sickness — noun 1. disease of livestock and especially cattle poisoned by eating certain kinds of snakeroot • Syn: ↑trembles • Hypernyms: ↑animal disease 2. caused by consuming milk from cattle suffering from trembles • Hypernyms: ↑disease …   Useful english dictionary

  • milk sickness — noun Date: 1823 1. an acute disease characterized by weakness, vomiting, and constipation and caused by eating dairy products or meat from cattle poisoned by various plants 2. tremble 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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