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 Pfizer-BioNTech said four serious adverse events were reported in the clinical trial: a shoulder injury from getting the injection, changes in lymph nodes, irregular heartbeat and the sensation of pins and needles in the leg. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "COVID-19 vaccine: What we know about the side effects," 18 Dec. 2020 Fever, chills, body aches, swollen lymph nodes, neck stiffness, shortness of breath, headache, fatigue and a rash are all typical symptoms of Lyme disease. Ben Morse, CNN, "When check hit her bank account, golfer Sophia Popov first thought 'illegal activity' after $675,000 win," 16 Dec. 2020 This year, nearly 300,000 women will be diagnosed with advanced breast cancer—also called metastatic, stage IV, or invasive cancer—which means the disease has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body. Meghan Rabbitt, Woman's Day, "What 6 Women Living With Advanced Breast Cancer Want Others To Know About Living With The Disease," 16 Dec. 2020 Uncommon responses that may affect up to one in 100 people included enlarged lymph nodes and feeling unwell. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, "Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Tripped Up by Rare but Serious Allergic Reactions," 11 Dec. 2020 There were also 64 cases of lymphadenopathy, a swelling of the lymph nodes, in the vaccine group versus six in the placebo group. Helen Branswell, STAT, "FDA grants historic authorization to a Covid-19 vaccine, setting stage for rollout," 11 Dec. 2020 But most do not reach or only barely touch the underlying dermis, where the nerve endings lie, along with blood and lymph vessels and connective tissue. Elizabeth O'day, Scientific American, "Microneedles Could Enable Painless Injections and Blood Draws," 10 Nov. 2020 Later, some of these lymphocytes stick around in the blood and lymph as memory cells, ready to renew the charge if the pathogen resurfaces months or years later. Quanta Magazine, "‘Trained Immunity’ Offers Hope in Fight Against Coronavirus," 14 Sep. 2020 So did the swollen lymph nodes under her chin and a lump that developed above her collarbone. cleveland, "Diagnosed with a rare cancer, WEWS reporter Olivia Fecteau ‘humbled’ by outpouring of support from colleagues, community," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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25 Dec 2020

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“Lymph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lymph. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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lymph

noun
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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