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)


  • It is difficult to explain how chyle, which is a light and almost insipid fluid, can be extracted from a mass, the color of which, and the taste, are so deeply pronounced.

    The Physiology of Taste

  • The use of these vessels is to absorb the fluid part of the digested aliment, called chyle, and convey it into the receptacle of the chyle, that it may be thence carried through the thoracic duct into the blood.

    Popular Lectures on Zoonomia Or The Laws of Animal Life, in Health and Disease

  • For when the drastic purges are taken by the mouth, they excite the lacteals of the intestines into retrograde motions, as appears from the chyle, which is found coagulated among the fæces, as was shewn above,

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • The receptacle of the chyle is a membranous bag, about two thirds of an inch long, and one third of an inch wide, at its superior part it is contracted into a slender membranous pipe, called the thoracic duct, because its course is principally through the thorax; it passes between the aorta and the vena azygos, then obliquely over the oesophagus, and great curvature of the aorta, and continuing its course towards the internal jugular vein, it enters the left subclavian vein on its superior part.

    Popular Lectures on Zoonomia Or The Laws of Animal Life, in Health and Disease

  • The chyle, which is seen among the materials thrown up by violent vomiting, or in purging stools, can only come thither by its having been poured into the bowels by the inverted motions of the lacteals: for our aliment is not converted into chyle in the stomach or intestines by a chemical process, but is made in the very mouths of the lacteals; or in the mesenteric glands; in the same manner as other secreted fluids are made by an animal process in their adapted glands.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Besides these delicacies, there was a pudding, or dessert, of preserved crowberries, mixed with "chyle" from the maw of the reindeer, with train oil for sauce.

    Red Rooney The Last of the Crew

  • “Al – Musrán” (plur. of “Masír”) properly the intestines which contain the chyle.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • It does not tell the heart to beat, the blood to flow, the chyle to form; all this is done without it.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • The greater diversity of aliments it afterwards receives, the more the chyle is liable to be soured.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • This blood, by which the animal has life, is formed by the chyle.

    A Philosophical Dictionary


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  • While executing these honourable commissions, and getting forward daily in the good graces of the prime minister, what a happy being should I have been, if statesmen were born with a set of intestines to turn the chameleon's diet into chyle!

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 8 ch. 5

    October 3, 2008

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    February 14, 2007