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.
Origin of lacteal
1625–35;Related formslac·te·al·ly, adverbnon·lac·te·al, adjectivenon·lac·te·al·ly, adverbpre·lac·te·al, adjective
< Latin lacte(us
) milky (see lacteous
) + -al1
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of, relating to, or resembling milk
(of lymphatic vessels) conveying or containing chyle
Derived Formslacteally, adverb
any of the lymphatic vessels conveying chyle from the small intestine to the thoracic duct
Word Origin for lacteal
C17: from Latin lacteus of milk, from lac milk
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Word Origin and History for lacteals
1650s, formed in English from Latin lacteus, from lac (genitive lactis) "milk," from PIE root *glakt- (see lactation) + -al (1).
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Of, relating to, or resembling milk.
Of or relating to a lacteal.
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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