lacteal

adjective
lac·​te·​al | \ ˈlak-tē-əl How to pronounce lacteal (audio) \

Definition of lacteal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to, consisting of, producing, or resembling milk
2a : conveying or containing a milky fluid
b : of or relating to the lacteals

lacteal

noun

Definition of lacteal (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of the lymphatic vessels arising from the villi of the small intestine and conveying chyle to the thoracic duct

First Known Use of lacteal

Adjective

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1680, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lacteal

Adjective

Latin lacteus of milk, from lact-, lac

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“Lacteal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lacteal. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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lacteal

adjective
lac·​te·​al | \ ˈlak-tē-əl How to pronounce lacteal (audio) \

Medical Definition of lacteal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to, consisting of, producing, or resembling milk lacteal fluid
2a : conveying or containing a milky fluid (as chyle) a lacteal channel
b : of or relating to the lacteals impaired lacteal function

lacteal

noun

Medical Definition of lacteal (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of the lymphatic vessels arising from the villi of the small intestine and conveying chyle to the thoracic duct

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