lacteals


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lacteals

the central lymph vessels in the villi of the vertebrate intestine into which neutral fat is passed from the columnar epithelium where it has been resynthesized from fatty acids and glycerol. The fat is in the form of a white emulsion of minute globules, giving lymph a milky appearance (hence the name ‘lacteal’) and is carried to all parts of the body.
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The term chylothorax is used to describe this fluid because the fluid resembles the appearance of chyle, which is the milky fluid taken up by the lacteals from the intestines during digestion.
In human physiology Prout identified four stages in the formation of blood: digestion in the stomach, chymification in the duodenum, chylification in the lacteals, and sanguification proper in the blood vessels.