Found 2 items, similar to Milk sickness.
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Definition: milk sickness
n 1: disease of livestock and especially cattle poisoned by
eating certain kinds of snakeroot [syn: trembles
2: caused by consuming milk from cattle suffering from trembles
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Definition: Milk sickness
(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. [root]107. Cf. Milch
roe of fishes.]
1. (Physiol.) A white fluid secreted by the mammary glands of
female mammals for the nourishment of their young,
consisting of minute globules of fat suspended in a
solution of casein, albumin, milk sugar, and inorganic
salts. “White as morne milk.”
2. (Bot.) A kind of juice or sap, usually white in color,
found in certain plants; latex. See Latex
3. An emulsion made by bruising seeds; as, the milk of
almonds, produced by pounding almonds with sugar and
4. (Zo["o]l.) The ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster.
. See under Condense
, v. t.
(Med.), vesicular eczema occurring on the face
and scalp of nursing infants. See Eczema
(a) (Med.) A fever which accompanies or precedes the first
lactation. It is usually transitory.
(b) (Vet. Surg.) A form puerperal peritonitis in cattle;
also, a variety of meningitis occurring in cows after
, glass having a milky appearance.
(Med.), a hard lump forming in the breast of a
nursing woman, due to obstruction to the flow of milk and
congestion of the mammary glands.
(Med.), a swollen condition of the leg, usually in
puerperal women, caused by an inflammation of veins, and
characterized by a white appearance occasioned by an
accumulation of serum and sometimes of pus in the cellular
, food made from milk, as butter and cheese.
. Same as Escutcheon
(Anat.), one of the deciduous molar teeth which
are shed and replaced by the premolars.
Milk of lime
(Chem.), a watery emulsion of calcium hydrate,
produced by macerating quicklime in water.
(Bot.), an umbelliferous plant (Peucedanum palustre
) of Europe and Asia, having a milky juice.
(Bot.), a genus (Galactia
) of leguminous and,
usually, twining plants.
(Med.), See milk sickness
(Zo["o]l.), a harmless American snake
, or Ophibolus eximius
). It is
variously marked with white, gray, and red. Called also
, chicken snake
, house snake
. (Physiol. Chem.) See Lactose
, and Sugar of milk
(Bot.), an esculent European thistle (Silybum marianum
), having the veins of its leaves of a milky
. (Med.) See Thrush
(Anat.), one of the temporary first set of teeth
in young mammals; in man there are twenty.
(Bot.), a tree yielding a milky juice, as the cow
tree of South America (Brosimum Galactodendron
), and the
of the Canaries, the milk of both
of which is wholesome food.
(Bot.), a special cell in the inner bark of a
plant, or a series of cells, in which the milky juice is
contained. See Latex
. See Agaric mineral
, under Agaric
Sugar of milk
. The sugar characteristic of milk; a hard
white crystalline slightly sweet substance obtained by
evaporation of the whey of milk. It is used in pellets and
powder as a vehicle for homeopathic medicines, and as an
article of diet. See Lactose
Milk sickness \Milk sickness\
A peculiar malignant disease, occurring in parts of the
western United States, and affecting certain kinds of farm
stock (esp. cows), and persons using the meat or dairy
products of infected cattle. Its chief symptoms in man are
uncontrollable vomiting, obstinate constipation, pain, and
muscular tremors. Its origin in cattle has been variously
ascribed to the presence of certain plants in their food, and
to polluted water.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]