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the thin, yellow, milky fluid secreted by the mammary gland a few days before or after childbirth.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A thin white opalescent fluid, the first milk secreted at the termination of pregnancy; it differs from the milk secreted later by containing more lactalbumin and lactoprotein; colostrum is also rich in antibodies that confer passive immunity to the newborn.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
The thin yellowish fluid secreted by the mammary glands at the time of parturition that is rich in antibodies and minerals, and precedes the production of true milk. Also called foremilk.
co·los′tral (-trəl) adj.
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The milk produced by mammals after giving birth, which, given its high content of antibodies, is believed to serve as an immune system enhancer. Bovine colostrum in the form of pills, powders and ointments has been marketed as treatment for arthritis, cancer, various infections, multiple sclerosis and other conditions.
There are no peer-reviewed data to support the efficacy of colostrum.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
colostrumObstetrics A sticky yellow-white fluid secreted by the breasts from late pregnancy to several days after birth, but before breast milk is produced. See Breast milk.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A thin white opalescent fluid, the first milk secreted at the termination of pregnancy; it differs from the milk secreted later by containing more lactalbumin and lactoprotein; colostrum is also rich in antibodies which confer passive immunity to the newborn.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
colostrumThe yellowish, protein-rich, milk-like fluid secreted by the breasts for the first two or three days after the birth of a baby. Colostrum contains large fat globules and a high content of antibodies.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
colostruma yellowish, watery secretion expressed from the breast nipples of female mammals when in late pregnancy and for a few days after birth. Colostrum has a high protein content and is rich in vitamin A and ANTIBODIES which give the baby an immediate, short-term, passive immunity to foreign ANTIGENS.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005