whey

whey
wheylike, adj.
/hway, way/, n.
a milk serum, separating as liquid from the curd after coagulation, as in cheese making.
[bef. 900; ME wheye, OE hwaeg; c. D, LG wei]

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▪ milk product
      watery fraction that forms along with curd when milk coagulates. It contains the water-soluble constituents of milk and is essentially a 5 percent solution of lactose in water, with some minerals and lactalbumin.

      The whey is removed from the curd during the process of making cheese; then it is centrifuged to remove fat, concentrated or dried, and used for human food in processed cheese products, baking, and candy making. Whey is used for animal feed as a liquid, concentrate, or dry powder.

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