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1Failure to produce milk after giving birth; an instance of this.
2More fully "contagious agalactia", "infectious agalactia". An infectious disease of goats and sheep caused by Mycoplasma agalactiae and characterized by inflammation of the eye, joints, and (in females) udder.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Phillips's New World of Words. From post-classical Latin agalactia lack of milk from ancient Greek ἀγαλακτία lack of milk from ἀγάλακτος + -ία. With the some forms compare -y.
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