lym·​phat·​ic | \ lim-ˈfa-tik How to pronounce lymphatic (audio) \

Definition of lymphatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or produced by lymph, lymphoid tissue, or lymphocytes
b : conveying lymph
2 : lacking physical or mental energy : sluggish



Definition of lymphatic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a vessel that contains or conveys lymph

called also lymph vessel

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from lymphatic


lymphatically \ lim-​ˈfa-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce lymphatically (audio) \ adverb

Did You Know?


Lymph is a pale liquid in the body that helps maintain fluid balance and removes bacteria from tissues. Today, we understand that lymph plays an important role in the body's immune system. In the past, however, it was commonly believed that an excess of lymph caused sluggishness - hence the "sluggish" meaning of "lymphatic." The word lymph comes from Latin lympha ("water" or "water goddess"), which itself may be a modification of the Greek word nymphē, meaning "nymph." Both "lymph" and its related adjective "lymphatic" have been used in English since the mid-17th century.

Examples of lymphatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As part of her multistep skin care routine before bed, Ms. Panton does facial cupping, for better circulation, and ends with the facial-massage technique gua sha, pushing a hard, curved tool around the contours of her face for lymphatic drainage. Kate Carraway, New York Times, "Improve Your Bedtime Routine With These Five Luxurious Tips," 15 Oct. 2019 People generally wear the garments daily, said Dr. Stanley Rockson, a professor of lymphatic research and medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine in California., "Compression garments can ease lymphedema. Covering costs? Not so easy.," 5 Nov. 2019 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lymphatic filariasis affects more than 120 million people in 72 countries in the tropics and subtropics of Asia, Africa, the Western Pacific, and parts of the Caribbean and South America. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Man has massive, rotting scrotum removed after avoiding doctors for decades," 18 Oct. 2019 Facial Gua Sha is a massage technique designed to relieve tension in the muscles of the face, boost blood circulation, and encourage lymphatic drainage to banish bloat. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Gua Sha Benefits," 16 Sep. 2019 The rapid vibrations actually act as lymphatic massages that kickstart drainage. Braelyn Wood,, "The 3 Face Massager Benefits You Should Know About," 8 Aug. 2019 Scientists are able to culture cells such as endothelial cells [which line the inside of blood and lymphatic vessels] for a little bit longer. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Medicine in Space: What Microgravity Can Tell Us about Human Health," 7 Aug. 2019 A dozen genes that had previously been linked to lymphatic anomaly looked normal. STAT, "The boy was dying. Zebrafish helped save his life," 1 July 2019 Try Cardio-Boosting Trampoline Classes Bounding around on a trampoline isn’t just an exhilarating thrill, but a low-impact cardiovascular exercise that yields a slew of benefits, from improving lymphatic function to fine-tuning balance. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Trampoline Classes to Jump Roping, 6 Throwback Workouts That Don’t Feel Like Exercise," 20 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The scientists anxiously examined the fish for evidence that the chaotic lymphatic vessel proliferation had stopped but that nothing else had been harmed. STAT, "The boy was dying. Zebrafish helped save his life," 1 July 2019 Scraping off your dead stratum corneum cells has no effect on your lymphatics or digestive system. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "Should You Be Dry Brushing Your Skin? An Investigation," 18 Sep. 2017 Nedergaard and Helene Benveniste, a scientist at Yale University, have found evidence linking problems in the lymphatic and glymphatic systems to Alzheimer’s. David Kohn, Washington Post, "When scientists saw the mouse heads glowing, they knew the discovery was big," 21 May 2017 Ducks’ erections are driven by lymphatic, not vascular, pressure, which means that their penises never become stiff. Richard O. Prum, The New Yorker, "Duck Sex and the Patriarchy," 17 May 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lymphatic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of lymphatic


1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1667, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lymphatic

Time Traveler for lymphatic

Time Traveler

The first known use of lymphatic was in 1649

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast about lymphatic

Statistics for lymphatic

Last Updated

1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Lymphatic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for lymphatic


lym·​phat·​ic | \ lim-ˈfa-tik How to pronounce lymphatic (audio) \

Kids Definition of lymphatic

: relating to or carrying lymph a lymphatic duct


lym·​phat·​ic | \ lim-ˈfat-ik How to pronounce lymphatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of lymphatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or produced by lymph, lymphoid tissue, or lymphocytes lymphatic nodules lymphatic infiltration
b : conveying lymph a lymphatic channel
2 : lacking physical or mental energy

Other Words from lymphatic

lymphatically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce lymphatically (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of lymphatic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a vessel that contains or conveys lymph, that originates as an interfibrillar or intercellular cleft or space in a tissue or organ, and that if small has no distinct walls or walls composed only of endothelial cells and if large resembles a vein in structure

called also lymphatic vessel, lymph vessel

— see thoracic duct

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on lymphatic

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with lymphatic

Spanish Central: Translation of lymphatic

Nglish: Translation of lymphatic for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of lymphatic for Arabic Speakers

Comments on lymphatic

What made you want to look up lymphatic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


heavy with or as if with moisture

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!