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

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For more than a century, scientists had known that individual cancer cells can metastasize, leaving a tumor and migrating through the bloodstream and lymph system to distant parts of the body. Gabriel Popkin, Quanta Magazine, "Jammed Cells Expose the Physics of Cancer," 16 Aug. 2016 Metastatic cancer happens when cancerous cells disperse into surrounding tissues or even travel to other parts of the body through the blood or lymph systems, according to the NCI. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Does Cancer Actually Kill Someone?," 15 Mar. 2019 The thing looks like a pale leaf but is made of jade and is supposed to move sluggish lymph fluid and ease facial tension. Alice Gregory, Allure, "I Got Fillers for My Chronic Undereye Circles, and the Results Were Impressive," 28 Apr. 2019 Then there's lymphatic drainage which accelerates the movement of lymph out of the skin and back into the blood where it's processed by the body and excreted. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "How One New York Facialist Seriously Changed My Life," 19 Aug. 2016 The disease-causing prion is found in many tissues and fluids of infected animals, including saliva, brain, lymph and muscle. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baiting and feeding bans initiated due to CWD-positive deer farm in Marinette County," 6 July 2018 Burkitt lymphoma affects the lymph system, a part of the body's immune system. Andrea Park, SELF, "After a Second Back Surgery, Abby Lee Miller Shows Off Her Healing Progress on Instagram," 2 July 2018 Doctors discovered his cancer had returned, this time in his lymph system. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "Jackie Lee Reveals He's Just Fought Testicular Cancer Twice: Watch the Emotional Video Inspired by His Experience," 21 May 2018 Burkitt lymphoma is a type cancer that affects the lymph system, which is part of the immune system. Molly Horan, SELF, "Abby Lee Miller Posts a Selfie From Her Hospital Bed After Cancer Diagnosis," 23 Apr. 2018

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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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lymph

noun

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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