[lak-tee-uh l] /ˈlæk ti əl/
pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling milk; milky.
Anatomy. conveying or containing chyle.
Anatomy. any of the minute lymphatic vessels that convey chyle from the small intestine to the thoracic duct.
of, relating to, or resembling milk
(of lymphatic vessels) conveying or containing chyle
any of the lymphatic vessels conveying chyle from the small intestine to the thoracic duct
1650s, formed in English from Latin lacteus, from lac (genitive lactis) “milk,” from PIE root *glakt- (see lactation) + -al (1).
lacteal lac·te·al (lāk’tē-əl)
Any of numerous minute intestinal lymph-carrying vessels that convey chyle from the intestine to lymphatic circulation and thereby to the thoracic duct. Also called chyle vessel.
[lak-tee-uh s] /ˈlæk ti əs/ adjective, Archaic. 1. milky; of the color of milk.
[lak-tes-uh nt] /lækˈtɛs ənt/ adjective 1. becoming or being milky. 2. Botany, Entomology. secreting or producing a milky juice. /lækˈtɛsənt/ adjective 1. (of plants and certain insects) secreting a milky fluid 2. milky or becoming milky lactescent lac·tes·cent (lāk-těs’ənt) adj.
1. variant of : lactiferous. lacti- n. Variant of lacto-.
[lak-tik] /ˈlæk tɪk/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or obtained from milk. /ˈlæktɪk/ adjective 1. relating to or derived from milk adj. “pertaining to milk,” 1790 (in lactic acid; so called because it was obtained from sour milk), from French lactique, from Latin lactis, genitive of lac “milk” (see lactation) + French -ique. lactic lac·tic […]