I. adjective Etymology: Latin lacteus of milk, from lact-, lac Date: 1633 1. relating to, consisting of, producing, or resembling milk 2. a. conveying or containing a milky fluid b. of or relating to the lacteals II. noun Date: 1680 any of the lymphatic vessels arising from the villi of the small intestine and conveying chyle to the thoracic duct

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  • lactéal — ● lactéal, lactéale, lactéaux adjectif (latin lacteus) Relatif aux dents de lait (dents lactéales). ● lactéal, lactéale, lactéaux (expressions) adjectif (latin lacteus) Dentition lactéale, première poussée dentaire des jeunes de mammifères.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Lacteal — Lac te*al, a. [L. lacteus milky, fr. lac, lactis, milk. Cf. {Galaxy}, {Lettuce}.] 1. Pertaining to, or resembling, milk; milky; as, the lacteal fluid. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat. & Physiol.) Pertaining to, or containing, chyle; as, the lacteal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lacteal — Lac te*al, n. (Anat.) One of the lymphatic vessels which convey chyle from the small intestine through the mesenteric glands to the thoracic duct; a chyliferous vessel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lacteal — (adj.) 1650s, formed in English from L. lacteus, from lac (gen. lactis) milk, from PIE root *glakt (see LACTATION (Cf. lactation)) + AL (Cf. al) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lacteal — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ conveying milk or milky fluid. ► NOUN (lacteals) Anatomy ▪ the lymphatic vessels of the small intestine which absorb digested fats. ORIGIN Latin lacteus, from lac milk …   English terms dictionary

  • lacteal — [lak′tē əl] adj. [< L lacteus, milky < lac (see LACTO ) + AL] 1. of or like milk; milky 2. containing or carrying chyle, the milky fluid that is a product of digestion n. any of the lymphatic vessels that take up this fluid from the small… …   English World dictionary

  • lacteal — 1. Relating to or resembling milk; milky. 2. A lymphatic vessel that conveys chyle. SYN: chyle vessel, l. vessel. central l. the blindly ending lymphatic capillary in the center of an intestinal villus …   Medical dictionary

  • Lacteal — Infobox Anatomy Name = PAGENAME Latin = GraySubject = GrayPage = Caption = Transverse section of a villus, from the human intestine. X 350. a. Basement membrane, here somewhat shrunken away from the epithelium. b. Lacteal. c. Columnar epithelium …   Wikipedia

  • lacteal — lacteally, adv. /lak tee euhl/, adj. 1. pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling milk; milky. 2. Anat. conveying or containing chyle. n. 3. Anat. any of the minute lymphatic vessels that convey chyle from the small intestine to the thoracic… …   Universalium

  • lacteal — 1. adjective a) Relating to milk. ..lacteal ducts in the breasts... b) Relating to milk production. See Also: lactating, lactation 2. noun Lactiferous ducts or other components of milk producing organs …   Wiktionary

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