lymph

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lymph

noun \ˈlim(p)f\

medical : a pale fluid that contains white blood cells and that passes through channels in the body and helps to keep bodily tissues healthy

Full Definition of LYMPH

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archaic :  the sap of plants
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[New Latin lympha, from Latin, water] :  a usually clear coagulable fluid that passes from intercellular spaces of body tissue into the lymphatic vessels, is discharged into the blood by way of the thoracic duct, and resembles blood plasma in containing white blood cells and especially lymphocytes but normally few red blood cells and no platelets

Origin of LYMPH

Latin lympha, water goddess, water, perhaps modification of Greek nymphē nymph — more at nuptial
First Known Use: circa 1673

lymph

noun \ˈlim(p)f\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LYMPH

: a usually clear coagulable fluid that passes from intercellular spaces of body tissue into the lymphatic vessels, is discharged into the blood by way of the thoracic duct and right lymphatic duct, and resembles blood plasma in containing white blood cells and especially lymphocytes but normally few red blood cells and no platelets—see chyle; compare cerebrospinal fluid

lymph

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Pale fluid that bathes tissues, maintaining fluid balance and removing bacteria. It enters the blood system at a vein under the collarbone that it reaches via channels and ducts, being driven through them mainly by surrounding muscle activity. The lymphatic organs (spleen and thymus) and lymph nodes filter out bacteria and other particles the lymph takes up from body tissues. Lymph contains lymphocytes and macrophages, the primary cells of the immune system. See also lymphatic system.

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