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

Examples of hemolymph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their equivalent to blood is hemolymph, a mostly clear fluid that contains small amounts of hemocyanin. Quanta Magazine, "Icefish Study Adds Another Color to the Story of Blood," 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, "How Wasps Turn Spiders Into Obedient Zombies," 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, "Five Real Life Wasp Superpowers Not in Ant-Man and the Wasp," 22 Mar. 2018 The hemolymph, like blood in mammals, carries oxygen. James Gorman, New York Times, "Breathe Deep: How the Antarctic Sea Spider Gets Oxygen," 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, "In wars with termites, ants rescue and care for their wounded," 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 21 Oct. 2020.

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