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thoracic duct


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n thoracic duct the major duct of the lymphatic system
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thoracic duct (Anat) the great trunk of the lymphatic vessels, situated on the ventral side of the vertebral column in the thorax and abdomen. See Illust. of Lacteal.
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In literature:

The thoracic duct, although so much protected by its anatomical position, under exceptional circumstances has been ruptured or wounded.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
This is a sac-like expansion of the lower end of the thoracic duct.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
A smaller portion is carried through the thoracic duct and emptied into a vein near the heart.
"First Book in Physiology and Hygiene" by J.H. Kellogg
The chyle of the lacteals passes, as we have said, by the thoracic duct directly into the circulation.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
Injections made retrograde from the thoracic duct, pass through the villi into the intestines.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
Give their course from the mucous coat of the intestine to the thoracic duct.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
They pass into the thoracic duct and thence into the blood stream.
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit
They receive the chyle; from thence it passes into a receptacle, and finally into the thoracic duct.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
Lymph-channels are frequently obstructed, but no appreciable diffused retention of lymph results unless the thoracic duct is obstructed.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
The lacteals carry the fats into the blood by way of the thoracic duct.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
The maximum projection of the thoracic fin is slightly in advance of the front end of the segmental duct.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour