(chemistry) Any salt or ester of lactic acid such that the acidic hydrogen of the carboxyl group has been replaced by a metal or an organic radical.
To produce milk.
In chemistry, lactate is the final byproduct of anaerobic glycolysis. Accumulation of this compound in tissues is responsible for the condition called oxygen debt.
Word origin: Latin lactātus, ptp. of lactāre to suckle.
Related forms: lactation (noun)