- of or like milk; milky
- containing or carrying chyle, the milky fluid that is a product of digestion
Origin of lactealfrom Classical Latin lacteus, milky from lac (see lacto-) + -al
any of the lymphatic vessels that take up this fluid from the small intestine and carry it to the thoracic duct
- Of, relating to, or resembling milk.
- 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.
A lacteal vessel.
Origin of lactealFrom Latin lacteus from lac lact- milk ; see melg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more lacteal, superlative most lacteal)
- One of the lactiferous ducts or other components of milk-producing organs.