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Definition of "lacteal" [lac•te•al]

  • Of, relating to, or resembling milk. (adjective)
  • Anatomy Of or relating to any of numerous minute intestinal lymph-carrying vessels that convey chyle from the intestine to lymphatic circulation and thereby to the thoracic duct. (adjective)
  • Anatomy A lacteal vessel. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lacteal" in a sentence
  • "Each villus contains a loop of blood-vessels, and another vessel, the lacteal, so called from the Latin word _lac_, milk, because of the milky appearance of the fluid it contains."
  • "If she is a girl, then she will be either become veal, like her brothers, or she will be raised to give birth to babies who are taken away from her, so that she too may be forced to provide "lacteal secretions" to satisfy the human population's demand for dairy products such as lacteal milk, lacteal cheese, lacteal yogurt, lacteal ice-cream, and lacteal sour-cream."
  • "Mahir, Saribah, Jamídah and other lacteal preparations, see ibid."