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  1. a milky fluid containing emulsified fat and other products of digestion, formed from the chyme in the small intestine and conveyed by the lacteals and the thoracic duct to the veins.
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Origin of chyle

1535–45; < Late Latin chȳlus < Greek chȳlós juice, akin to cheîn to pour, Latin fundere to pour (see fuse2), English gut
Related formschy·lous, adjectivepseu·do·chy·lous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for chyle

Historical Examples

  • It is then partly digested by the nurses with honey, so that a sort of chyle is formed.

    Animal Intelligence

    George J. Romanes

  • What becomes of the chyle after it is poured into the veins?

  • If the turbidity is owing to the urate it will disappear; if to chyle it will remain.

  • This blood, by which the animal has life, is formed by the chyle.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10)

    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

  • Many instances of milk and chyle found in ulcers are given by Haller, El.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I

    Erasmus Darwin

British Dictionary definitions for chyle


  1. a milky fluid composed of lymph and emulsified fat globules, formed in the small intestine during digestion
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Derived Formschylaceous (kaɪˈleɪʃəs) or chylous, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin chӯlus, from Greek khulos juice pressed from a plant; related to Greek khein to pour
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Word Origin and History for chyle


1540s, from Late Latin chylus, from Greek khylos "juice" (of plants, animals, etc.), from stem of khein "to pour, gush forth," from PIE *ghus-mo-, from root *gheu- "to pour, pour a libation" (see found (v.2)). Cf. also chyme.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

chyle in Medicine


  1. A turbid, white or pale yellow fluid taken up by the lacteals from the intestine during digestion and carried by the lymphatic system via the thoracic duct into the circulation.
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Related formschy•laceous (kī-lāshəs) null adj.
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