Anatomy, Physiology. a clear yellowish, slightly alkaline, coagulable fluid, containing white blood cells in a liquid resembling blood plasma, that is derived from the tissues of the body and conveyed to the bloodstream by the vessels.
Archaic. the sap of a plant.
Archaic. a stream or spring of clear, pure water.
variant of before a vowel:
the almost colourless fluid, containing chiefly white blood cells, that is collected from the tissues of the body and transported in the lymphatic system
1725 in physiology sense, “colorless fluid found in the body,” from French lymphe, from Latin lympha “water, clear water, a goddess of water,” variant of lumpæ “waters,” altered by influence of Greek nymphe “goddess of a spring, nymph.” The word was used earlier in English in the classical sense “pure water, water” (1620s), also (1670s) with reference to colorless fluids in plants. Also see lymphatic. Lymph node is attested from 1892.
A clear, watery, sometimes faintly yellowish fluid derived from body tissues that contains white blood cells and circulates throughout the lymphatic system, returning to the venous bloodstream through the thoracic duct. Lymph acts to remove bacteria and certain proteins from the tissues, transport fat from the small intestine, and supply mature lymphocytes to the blood.
Variant of lympho-.
The clear fluid flowing through the lymphatic system that serves to bathe and nourish the tissues of the body. It is composed of blood plasma that has leaked out through the capillaries into the tissues.
A clear, colorless fluid that circulates through the lymphatic system. Lymph fills the tissue spaces of the body.
[lim-fad-n-ek-tuh-mee, lim-fuh-dn-] /lɪmˌfæd nˈɛk tə mi, ˌlɪm fə dn-/ noun, plural lymphadenectomies. 1. the excision of one or more lymph nodes, usually as a procedure in the surgical removal or destruction of a cancer. lymphadenectomy lym·phad·e·nec·to·my (lĭm-fād’n-ěk’tə-mē) n. Excision of one or more lymph nodes.
[lim-fad-n-ahy-tis, lim-fuh-dn-] /lɪmˌfæd nˈaɪ tɪs, ˌlɪm fə dn-/ noun, Pathology. 1. inflammation of a lymphatic gland. /lɪmˌfædɪˈnaɪtɪs; ˌlɪmfæd-/ noun 1. inflammation of a lymph node lymphadenitis lym·phad·e·ni·tis (lĭm-fād’n-ī’tĭs, lĭm’fə-də-nī’-) n. Inflammation of one or more lymph nodes.
lymphadeno- or lymphaden- pref. Lymph node: lymphadenectomy.
lymphadenoid lym·phad·e·noid (lĭm-fād’n-oid’) adj. Of, resembling, or derived from a lymph node.