What is the function of lacteal in the small intestine?

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Dec 21, 2017


Lacteals facilitate the transportation of digested fats from the villi of the small intestines.


Lacteal is a lymphatic capillary that absorbs dietary fats in the villi of the small intestines. The lacteals merge to form larger lymphatic vessels that transport chyle to the thoracic duct where it is emptied into the blood stream at the subclavian vein.

Lacteals form a component of the lymphatic system, which is designed to absorb and transport material that is too large to enter the blood stream directly.