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Meaning of LACTEAL

Pronunciation:  'lakteeul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of the lymphatic vessels that convey chyle from the small intestine to the thoracic duct
  2. [adj]  relating to or consisting of or producing or resembling milk; "lacteal fluids"; "lacteal organs"

LACTEAL is a 7 letter word that starts with L.


 See Also: lymph vessel, lymphatic vessel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Lac"te*al\, a. [L. lacteus milky, fr. lac, lactis,
    milk. Cf. {Galaxy}, {Lettuce}.]
    1. Pertaining to, or resembling, milk; milky; as, the lacteal
    2. (Anat. & Physiol.) Pertaining to, or containing, chyle;
       as, the lacteal vessels.
  2. \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.
Thesaurus Terms
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