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

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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 — Yielding milk. [lacti + L. fero, to bear] * * * lac·tif·er·ous lak tif (ə )rəs adj secreting or conveying milk * * * adj. transporting or secreting milk, as the lactiferous ducts of the breast. * * * lac·tif·er·ous (lak tifґər əs) [L.… …   Medical dictionary

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

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

  • lactiferous — milk bearing Bearing and Carrying …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • lactiferous — lac·tif·er·ous || læk tɪfÉ™rÉ™s adj. producing milk, secreting milk; conveying milk …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lactiferous — [lak tɪf(ə)rəs] adjective chiefly Anatomy forming or conveying milk or milky fluid. Origin C17: from L. lac, lact milk + ferous …   English new terms dictionary

  • lactiferous — lac·tif·er·ous …   English syllables

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