from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A milky fluid consisting of lymph and emulsified fat extracted from chyme by the lacteals during digestion and passed to the bloodstream through the thoracic duct.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A digestive fluid containing fatty droplets, found in the small intestine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A milky fluid containing the fatty matter of the food in a state of emulsion, or fine mechanical division; formed from chyme by the action of the intestinal juices. It is absorbed by the lacteals, and conveyed into the blood by the thoracic duct.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A milky fluid found in the lacteals during the process of digestion.
- n. The liquid contents of the small intestine before absorption.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a milky fluid consisting of lymph and emulsified fats; formed in the small intestine during digestion of ingested fats
French, from Late Latin chȳlus, from Greek khūlos, juice; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from Latin chylus, from Ancient Greek χυλός ("animal or plant juice"). (Wiktionary)