lymph

noun
\ˈlim(p)f \

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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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 And studies have found endometrial lesions in such distant sites as the lung and the brain, suggesting the blood or lymph system may serve as a transporter. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Frustrated endometriosis patients fuel surge in activism while seeking answers," 12 Apr. 2018 Researchers also believe that the interstitium drains into the lymphatic system and acts as a source of lymph, a fluid that moves through the lymphatic system and removes bacteria from tissues. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Scientists May Have Identified a New Human Organ," 28 Mar. 2018 Interstitial fluid is the source of lymph, which dispatches white blood cells, the body's immune system infection fighters, to wherever they're needed. NBC News, "Interstitium: Scientists say they've discovered a new human organ," 28 Mar. 2018 But an average jade roller may not be able to get into the nooks and crannies of your lymph nodes the same way an expert facialist’s fingers might. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How Jade Rolling Will Help With Your Puffy Face," 20 Mar. 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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The first known use of lymph was circa 1673

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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

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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 \

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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