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English Dictionary: milk sickness by the DICT Development Group
3 results for milk sickness
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
milk sickness
n
  1. disease of livestock and especially cattle poisoned by eating certain kinds of snakeroot
    Synonym(s): trembles, milk sickness
  2. caused by consuming milk from cattle suffering from trembles
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Milk \Milk\, n. [AS. meoluc, meoloc, meolc, milc; akin to
      OFries. meloc, D. melk, G. milch, OHG. miluh, Icel. mj[?]ok,
      Sw. mj[94]lk, Dan. melk, Goth. miluks, G. melken to milk,
      OHG. melchan, Lith. milszti, L. mulgere, Gr. [?].
      [?][?][?][?]. Cf. {Milch}, {Emulsion}, {Milt} soft 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. [bd]White as morne milk.[b8] --Chaucer.
  
      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
            water.
  
      4. (Zo[94]l.) The ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster.
  
      {Condensed milk}. See under {Condense}, v. t.
  
      {Milk crust} (Med.), vesicular eczema occurring on the face
            and scalp of nursing infants. See {Eczema}.
  
      {Milk fever}.
            (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
                  calving.
  
      {Milk glass}, glass having a milky appearance.
  
      {Milk knot} (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.
  
      {Milk leg} (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
            tissue.
  
      {Milk meats}, food made from milk, as butter and cheese.
            [Obs.] --Bailey.
  
      {Milk mirror}. Same as {Escutcheon}, 2.
  
      {Milk molar} (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.
  
      {Milk parsley} (Bot.), an umbelliferous plant ({Peucedanum
            palustre}) of Europe and Asia, having a milky juice.
  
      {Milk pea} (Bot.), a genus ({Galactia}) of leguminous and,
            usually, twining plants.
  
      {Milk sickness} (Med.), a peculiar malignant disease,
            occurring in some parts of the Western United States, and
            affecting certain kinds of farm stock (esp. cows), and
            persons who make use of 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 drinking water.
  
      {Milk snake} (Zo[94]l.), a harmless American snake
            ({Ophibolus triangulus}, or {O. eximius}). It is variously
            marked with white, gray, and red. Called also {milk
            adder}, {chicken snake}, {house snake}, etc.
  
      {Milk sugar}. (Physiol. Chem.) See {Lactose}, and {Sugar of
            milk} (below).
  
      {Milk thistle} (Bot.), an esculent European thistle ({Silybum
            marianum}), having the veins of its leaves of a milky
            whiteness.
  
      {Milk thrush}. (Med.) See {Thrush}.
  
      {Milk tooth} (Anat.), one of the temporary first set of teeth
            in young mammals; in man there are twenty.
  
      {Milk tree} (Bot.), a tree yielding a milky juice, as the cow
            tree of South America ({Brosimum Galactodendron}), and the
            {Euphorbia balsamifera} of the Canaries, the milk of both
            of which is wholesome food.
  
      {Milk vessel} (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}.
  
      {Rock milk}. 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}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Milk sickness \Milk sickness\ (Veter.)
      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.
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