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(Science: obstetrics) The period of the secretion of milk.

Origin: L. Lactatio, from lactare = to suckle The period following birth during which milk is secreted; lactation normally continues until weaning.The production and secretion of milk by the mammary glands.Feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast.The production of milk from the mammary glands in mammals, that is induced by the hormone luteotropic hormones secreted by the pituitary gland.

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