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lacteal

[ lak-tee-uhl ]
/ ˈlæk ti əl /
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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.
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Origin of lacteal

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

OTHER WORDS FROM lacteal

lac·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
/ (ˈlæktɪəl) /

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 forms of lacteal

lacteally, adverb

Word Origin for lacteal

C17: from Latin lacteus of milk, from lac milk
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Medical 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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