Anatomy, Zoology. the system by which lymph is returned from the cells to the blood and by which white blood cells are produced in response to inflammation or presence of antigens; in mammals, the system includes the lymph glands, vessels and sinuses through which lymph is carried, and lymphoid tissues, as bone marrow and the thymus.
an extensive network of capillary vessels that transports the interstitial fluid of the body as lymph to the venous blood circulation
lymphatic system n.
The interconnected system of spaces and vessels between body tissues and organs by which lymph circulates throughout the body.
A network of vessels, tissues, and organs in vertebrate animals that helps the body regulate fluid balance and fight infection. The vessels of the lymphatic system drain excess fluid, called lymph, from the tissues and return it to the circulating blood. Lymphocytes circulate throughout the lymphatic system.
lymphatic system [(lim-fat-ik)]
The network of small vessels and tissue spaces that move lymph throughout the body. The lymphatic system has several functions, including filtering out harmful bacteria; manufacturing white blood cells (white blood cells are produced by the lymph nodes); distributing nutrients to the cells of the body; helping to maintain the body’s fluid balance by draining off excess fluids so that tissues do not swell; and assisting in the digestion of fats.
- Lymphatic vessel
lymphatic vessel n. Any of the vascular channels that transport lymph throughout the lymphatic system and freely anastomose with one another. Also called absorbent vessel.
lymphatitis lym·pha·ti·tis (lĭm’fə-tī’tĭs) n. Inflammation of the lymphatic vessels or lymph nodes.
[lim-fuh-tol-uh-sis] /ˌlɪm fəˈtɒl ə sɪs/ noun, Pathology. 1. destruction of vessels or of lymphoid tissue. lymphatolysis lym·pha·tol·y·sis (lĭm’fə-tŏl’ĭ-sĭs) n. The destruction or dissolution of the lymphatic vessels or the lymphoid tissue. lym’pha·to·lyt’ic (-tə-lĭt’ĭk) adj.
- Lymph capillary
lymph capillary n. One of the minute vessels of the lymphatic system.