he·​mo·​lymph | \ ˈhē-mə-ˌlim(p)f How to pronounce hemolymph (audio) \

Definition of hemolymph

: the circulatory fluid of various invertebrate animals that is functionally comparable to the blood and lymph of vertebrates

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Recent Examples on the Web Males with naturally longer phallic accouterment are thought to gain better access to the female’s hemolymph—the insect equivalent of blood, flowing outside her reproductive tract—where their seminal fluids can prime her body for reproduction. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 6 July 2021 To inflate this smelly love balloon, the mantis pumps it full of a fluid called hemolymph, which is a bit like blood for invertebrates. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Apr. 2021 Their equivalent to blood is hemolymph, a mostly clear fluid that contains small amounts of hemocyanin. Quanta Magazine, 22 Apr. 2019 The larvae then inject psychotropic substances into the hemolymph, a blood-like substance in the spider's abdomen. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 30 Apr. 2019 About half an hour later, the wasp returns, snaps off the cockroach’s antennae, and treats herself to the hemolymph (the insect equivalent of blood) that oozes out of the stubs. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, 22 Mar. 2018 The hemolymph, like blood in mammals, carries oxygen. James Gorman, New York Times, 28 May 2018 That could also be how ants know when to stop licking an injury; when the hemolymph stops flowing, it’s time to stop licking and move on. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of hemolymph

1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Hemolymph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemolymph. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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variants: or chiefly British haemolymph \ ˈhē-​mə-​ˌlim(p)f How to pronounce hemolymph (audio) \

Medical Definition of hemolymph

: the circulatory fluid of various invertebrate animals that is functionally comparable to the blood and lymph of vertebrates

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