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[kahyl] /kaɪl/
a milky fluid containing emulsified fat and other products of digestion, formed from the chyme in the small intestine and conveyed by the lacteals and the thoracic duct to the veins.
Origin of chyle
1535-45; < Late Latin chȳlus < Greek chȳlós juice, akin to cheîn to pour, Latin fundere to pour (see fuse2), English gut
Related forms
chylous, adjective
pseudochylous, adjective Unabridged
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a milky fluid composed of lymph and emulsified fat globules, formed in the small intestine during digestion
Derived Forms
chylaceous (kaɪˈleɪʃəs), chylous, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin chӯlus, from Greek khulos juice pressed from a plant; related to Greek khein to pour
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Word Origin and History for chyle

1540s, from Late Latin chylus, from Greek khylos "juice" (of plants, animals, etc.), from stem of khein "to pour, gush forth," from PIE *ghus-mo-, from root *gheu- "to pour, pour a libation" (see found (v.2)). Cf. also chyme.

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chyle in Medicine

chyle (kīl)
A turbid, white or pale yellow fluid taken up by the lacteals from the intestine during digestion and carried by the lymphatic system via the thoracic duct into the circulation.

chy·la'ceous (kī-lā'shəs) or chy'lous (kī'ləs) adj.
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