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lacteal

1. (of lymphatic vessels) conveying or containing chyle
2. any of the lymphatic vessels conveying chyle from the small intestine to the thoracic duct

lacteal

[′lak·tē·əl]
(anatomy)
One of the intestinal lymphatics that absorb chyle.
(physiology)
Pertaining to or resembling milk.
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The histology of the gut in these patients ranged from`mild hyperaemia and slight dilatation of the capillary and lymphatic vessels' [6] to`dilatation of the lacteals of the villi' [5].
These channels, except for the lacteals which contain a milky fluid called chyle, contain a clear liquid known as lymph which drains to the lymph nodes and ultimately reaches the thoracic duct or the right lymphatic duct which direct the lymph into the venous system at the junction of the jugular and subclavian veins on either side (Leeds, 1997).
7] This suggests that a possible means of dissemination might be through the lymphatic system, from the villous lacteals to the dilated lymphatics in the serosa.
Herophilus described the delicate arachnoid membranes, the cerebral ventricles, the venous sinuses especially the confluence of venous sinuses near the internal occipital protuberance (torcular Herophili), origin of nerves (he divided them into motor and sensory tracts) and differentiation of tendons from nerves (which were confusing at that time), the lacteals, coverings of the eye, liver, uterus, epididymis, amidst many other structures.