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lacteal

[lak-tee-uh l] /ˈlæk ti əl/
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
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin lacte(us) milky (see lacteous) + -al1
Related forms
lacteally, adverb
nonlacteal, adjective
nonlacteally, adverb
prelacteal, adjective
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Examples from the web for lacteal
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for lacteal

lacteal

/ˈlæktɪəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling milk
2.
(of lymphatic vessels) conveying or containing chyle
noun
3.
any of the lymphatic vessels conveying chyle from the small intestine to the thoracic duct
Derived Forms
lacteally, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lacteus of milk, from lac milk
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Word Origin and History for lacteal
adj.

1650s, formed in English from Latin lacteus, from lac (genitive lactis) "milk," from PIE root *glakt- (see lactation) + -al (1).

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lacteal in Medicine

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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