milk fever
noun Date: 1753 1. a febrile disorder following parturition 2. a disease of fresh cows, sheep, or goats that is caused by excessive drain on the body mineral reserves during the establishment of the milk flow

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  • Milk fever — Milk fever, post parturient hypocalcemia, or parturient paresis is a disease, usually of dairy cows, characterized by reduced blood calcium levels. It is most common in the first few days of lactation, when demand for calcium for milk production… …   Wikipedia

  • Milk fever — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • milk fever — n. 1. Now Rare mild puerperal fever: so called because erroneously attributed to an accumulation of milk in the breasts 2. a disease often occurring in dairy cows shortly after calving, characterized by a drop in blood calcium, paralysis, etc …   English World dictionary

  • milk fever — n 1) a febrile disorder following parturition 2) a disease of newly lactating cows, sheep, or goats that is caused by excessive drain on the body mineral reserves during the establishment of the milk flow called also parturient apoplexy,… …   Medical dictionary

  • milk fever — milk′ fe ver n. 1) pat fever coinciding with the beginning of lactation, formerly believed to be due to lactation but really due to infection 2) vet a disorder of calcium metabolism affecting dairy cows after calving, causing somnolence and hind… …   From formal English to slang

  • milk fever — noun 1》 an acute illness in female cows or other animals that have just produced young, caused by calcium deficiency. 2》 a fever in women caused by infection after childbirth, formerly supposed to be due to the swelling of the breasts with milk …   English new terms dictionary

  • milk fever — noun 1. : any of various febrile disorders (as puerperal fever) that follow parturition and are popularly associated with the establishment of lactation 2. a. : a disease of recently calved cows or occasionally sheep or goats that is closely… …   Useful english dictionary

  • milk fever — 1. Pathol. fever coinciding with the beginning of lactation, formerly believed to be due to lactation but really due to infection. 2. Vet. Pathol. an acute disorder of calcium metabolism affecting dairy cows shortly after calving, causing… …   Universalium

  • milk fever — slight elevation of fever following childbirth; acute illness in cows or other female animals that have just given birth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • milk fever — /ˈmɪlk fivə/ (say milk feevuh) noun → hypocalcaemia …   Australian English dictionary

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