- 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
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Examples from the Web for lacteals
Paralysis of the lacteals, of the liver, and of the veins, which are described in Sect.Zoonomia, Vol. II
These lacteals have a special affinity for the fat of the food.Papers on Health
The lacteals discovered by Caspar Asselli, while dissecting a dog.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology
This fat then enters the lacteals, which unite to form the thoracic duct.Encyclopedia of Diet
The lacteals carry the fats into the blood by way of the thoracic duct.A Civic Biology
George William Hunter
- 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
C17: from Latin lacteus of milk, from lac milk
Word Origin and History for lacteals
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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