lacteal

[lak-tee-uhl]
adjective
1.
pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling milk; milky.
2.
Anatomy. conveying or containing chyle.
noun
3.
Anatomy. any of the minute lymphatic vessels that convey chyle from the small intestine to the thoracic duct.

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

lacteally, adverb
nonlacteal, adjective
nonlacteally, adverb
prelacteal, adjective
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lacteal (ˈlæktɪəl)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or resembling milk
2.  (of lymphatic vessels) conveying or containing chyle
 
n
3.  any of the lymphatic vessels conveying chyle from the small intestine to the thoracic duct
 
[C17: from Latin lacteus of milk, from lac milk]
 
'lacteally
 
adv

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lacteal lac·te·al (lāk'tē-əl)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or resembling milk.

  2. 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. Also called chyle vessel.
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The normal lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows.
Goat milk is the lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of healthy goats.
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