hemolymph

noun
he·​mo·​lymph | \ˈhē-mə-ˌlim(p)f \

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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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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1885, in the meaning defined above

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hemolymph

noun
he·​mo·​lymph
variants: or chiefly British haemolymph \ ˈhē-​mə-​ˌlim(p)f \

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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