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lacteal (comparative more lacteal, superlative most lacteal)

  1. Relating to milk.
  2. (anatomy) Relating to milk production.
    lacteal ducts in the breasts
  3. Relating to, or containing, chyle.
    the lacteal vessels

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lacteal (plural lacteals)

  1. (physiology, chiefly in the plural) Each of the lymphatic vessels which convey chyle from the mesentery to the thoracic duct.
    • 1997, Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Folio Society 2016, p. 65:
      These ‘veins’ must have been the lacteals or chyle-vessels, whose function was explained by Aselli some two thousand years later.
  2. (obsolete) One of the lactiferous ducts or other components of milk-producing organs.