lymph

noun
\ ˈlim(p)f How to pronounce lymph (audio) \

Definition of lymph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : the sap of plants
2 [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
variants: or lympho-

Definition of lymph- (Entry 2 of 2)

: lymph : lymphatic tissue lymphogranuloma

Examples of lymph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Johnson, who sprayed a highly concentrated form of glyphosate called Ranger Pro 20 to 30 times a year for two to three hours a day, had been diagnosed with a terminal case of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of lymph cancer. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "After 3 big verdicts, owner of Roundup agrees to settle 125,000 suits for $10 billion," 24 June 2020 Sleek, smooth, and often created from vanity-worthy gemstones, the lymph-flushing skin care darling has an impressive past. Madge Maril, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything to Know About Gua Sha Facial Massage," 30 Mar. 2020 Normally lymph comes from the interstitial tissues of the body. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "He Had Trouble Breathing, and Inhalers Didn’t Help. What Was Going On?," 12 Feb. 2020 Muscle contractions increase blood flow and raise body temperature, which are both thought to mobilize immune cells that are usually tucked away in our spleens or lymph tissues. Katarina Zimmer, Outside Online, "Supporting Your Immune System Is Simple," 27 Mar. 2020 One specific manual lymph massage style, the Vodder technique, has been around since namesake Dr. Emil Vodder employed it in the south of France in the ‘30s. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Lymphatic massage: Is the celebrity wellness trend worth your time?," 31 Jan. 2020 While the primary objective of typical Swedish massage is to relieve muscle tension, the goal of a lymphatic massage is to speed up the transport of lymph (fluid with white blood cells) through the lymphatic vessel system. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Lymphatic massage: Is the celebrity wellness trend worth your time?," 31 Jan. 2020 Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that forms in the lymph system, which is part of the immune system that helps the body fight infection and disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff's fiancée says non-Hodgkin lymphoma contributed to his death," 16 Jan. 2020 He was diagnosed in 2015 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an often-lethal lymph cancer; his doctors have said his illness is in remission. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Trump administration backs Monsanto in Bay Area case," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of lymph

Noun

circa 1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lymph

Noun

Latin lympha, water goddess, water, perhaps modification of Greek nymphē nymph — more at nuptial

Combining form

New Latin lympha

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The first known use of lymph was circa 1673

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28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lymph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lymph. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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lymph

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How to pronounce lymph- (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of lymph

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

lymph

noun
\ ˈlimf How to pronounce lymph (audio) \

Kids Definition of lymph

: a clear liquid like blood without the red blood cells that nourishes the tissues and carries off wastes

lymph

noun
\ ˈlim(p)f How to pronounce lymph (audio) \

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

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