[ lak-tee-uhl ]
/ ˈlæk ti əl /
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pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling milk; milky.
Anatomy. conveying or containing chyle.
Anatomy. any of the minute lymphatic vessels that convey chyle from the small intestine to the thoracic duct.
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OTHER WORDS FROM lacteallac·te·al·ly, adverbnon·lac·te·al, adjectivenon·lac·te·al·ly, adverbpre·lac·te·al, adjective
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How to use lacteal in a sentence
He studied the courses of the lacteals, and convinced himself that they all entered into the common reservoir.An Epitome of the History of Medicine|Roswell Park
He was aware of the existence of the lacteals, and their anatomical relation to the mesenteric glands.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)|John William Draper
Within these are the origins of the Lacteals, a peculiar set of Lymphatic vessels, which are engaged in the absorption of chyle.
It may at first sight be objected to this proposition, that fatty matters may probably enter the lacteals in an undissolved state.
These communicate directly with the lacteals and the vena portæ.
British Dictionary definitions for lacteal
/ (ˈlæktɪəl) /
of, relating to, or resembling milk
(of lymphatic vessels) conveying or containing chyle
any of the lymphatic vessels conveying chyle from the small intestine to the thoracic duct
Derived forms of lacteallacteally, adverb
Word Origin for lacteal
C17: from Latin lacteus of milk, from lac milk
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