a milky fluid composed of lymph and emulsified fats: it is formed from chyme in the small intestine, is absorbed by the lacteals, and is passed into the blood through the thoracic duct
Origin of chyleLate Latin chylus ; from Classical Greek chylos, juice, humor, chyle ; from cheein, to pour: see found
A milky fluid consisting of lymph and emulsified fat extracted from chyme by the lacteals during digestion and passed to the bloodstream through the thoracic duct.
Origin of chyleFrench, from Late Latin ch&ymacron;lus, from Greek kh&umacron;los, juice; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
- chy·la′ceous , chy′lous
(countable and uncountable, plural chyles)