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milk

 [milk]
1. a nutrient fluid produced by the mammary gland of many animals for nourishment of young mammals.
2. a liquid (emulsion or suspension) resembling the secretion of the mammary gland.
acidophilus milk milk fermented with cultures of Lactobacillus acidophilus; used in gastrointestinal disorders to modify the bacterial flora of the intestinal tract.
milk-alkali syndrome ingestion of milk and absorbable alkali in excess amounts, resulting in kidney damage and elevated blood calcium levels.
casein milk a prepared milk containing very little salt or sugar and a large amount of fat and casein.
condensed milk milk that has been partly evaporated and sweetened with sugar.
dialyzed milk milk from which the sugar has been removed by dialysis through a parchment membrane.
evaporated milk milk prepared by evaporation of half of its water content.
milk fever an endemic fever said to be due to the use of unwholesome cow's milk.
fortified milk milk made more nutritious by addition of milk protein, vitamin A, or vitamin D.
homogenized milk milk treated so the fats form a permanent emulsion and the cream does not separate.
milk of magnesia a suspension of magnesium hydroxide, used as an antacid and laxative.
modified milk cow's milk made to correspond to the composition of human milk.
protein milk milk modified to have a relatively low content of carbohydrate and fat and a relatively high protein content.
witch's milk milk secreted in the breast of a newborn infant.

witch's milk

a secretion of colostrumlike milk sometimes occurring in the glands of newborn infants of either gender 3 to 4 days after birth and lasting a week or two; caused by prenatal endocrine stimulation from the mother.

witch's milk

a milklike substance secreted from the breast of the newborn, caused by circulating maternal lactating hormone. Also called hexenmilch.

witch's milk

Pediatrics A clear-to-lactescent discharge from the nipples of ♂ and ♀ neonates, which is accompanied by breast hypertrophy, and caused by transplacental hormonal effects; it is most common in term infants. Cf Breast milk, Certified milk, Maternal milk, Raw milk, Unpasteurized milk.

witch's milk

(wich'ĕz milk)
A secretion of colostrumlike milk sometimes occurring in the glands of newborn infants of either sex 3-4 days after birth and lasting 1-2 weeks due to stimulation by maternal hormones before birth.

witch's milk

colloquial expression for milk secreted by newborn animals.