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 People may also experience swollen lymph nodes with monkeypox, and according to Dr. Burke, respiratory infections also often occur in people infected by the virus. Ashley Abramson, Health.com, 18 Nov. 2021 Online physicians may also ask a patient to feel for swollen lymph nodes, shine a light into their throat while on camera or take other actions to help the physician diagnose a problem. Julie Appleby, Fortune, 14 Oct. 2021 Symptoms of West Nile infection include fatigue, fever, headache, body aches, rash and swollen lymph nodes. Camille Furst And Alaa Elassar, CNN, 11 July 2021 Phill Wilson was 24 in 1981 when his swollen lymph nodes suggested he had been infected. USA Today, 5 June 2021 But the sudden appearance of so many swollen lymph nodes, in so many women, came as a shock. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2021 About 8% to 16% of people getting the mRNA vaccines, such as the vaccine made by Moderna, will develop swollen lymph nodes that can be seen by a mammogram. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2021 As a reaction to the vaccine, some have reported swollen lymph nodes by their armpits, typically in the same arm where the shot was administered. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 14 Apr. 2021 Five days later, the tumor, the kidney and 13 lymph nodes in Davidson’s stomach were removed. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Mar. 2021

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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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24 Jan 2022

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“Lymph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lymph. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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lymph

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lymph

: 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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