lacteal

[lak-tee-uh l]

adjective

pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling milk; milky.
Anatomy. conveying or containing chyle.

noun

Anatomy. any of the minute lymphatic vessels that convey chyle from the small intestine to the thoracic duct.

Nearby words

  1. lactated ringer's injection,
  2. lactated ringer's solution,
  3. lactation,
  4. lactation amenorrhea,
  5. lactation tetany,
  6. lacteally,
  7. lacteous,
  8. lactescent,
  9. lacti-,
  10. lactic

Origin of lacteal

1625–35; < Latin lacte(us) milky (see lacteous) + -al1

Related formslac·te·al·ly, adverbnon·lac·te·al, adjectivenon·lac·te·al·ly, adverbpre·lac·te·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for lacteal

lacteal

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling milk
(of lymphatic vessels) conveying or containing chyle

noun

any of the lymphatic vessels conveying chyle from the small intestine to the thoracic duct
Derived Formslacteally, adverb

Word Origin for lacteal

C17: from Latin lacteus of milk, from lac milk

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Word Origin and History for lacteal

lacteal

adj.

1650s, formed in English from Latin lacteus, from lac (genitive lactis) "milk," from PIE root *glakt- (see lactation) + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for lacteal

lacteal

[lăktē-əl]

adj.

Of, relating to, or resembling milk.
Of or relating to a lacteal.

n.

Any of numerous minute intestinal lymph-carrying vessels that convey chyle from the intestine to lymphatic circulation and thereby to the thoracic duct.chyle vessel

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