lymphatic

adjective
lym·​phat·​ic | \lim-ˈfa-tik \

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

lymphatic

noun

Definition of lymphatic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a vessel that contains or conveys lymph

called also lymph vessel

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Other Words from lymphatic

Adjective

lymphatically \ lim-​ˈfa-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Did You Know?

Adjective

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.

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When paired with Olio Maestro's palm-sized suction cup, this woodsy-scented oil, laced with grapefruit peel and spearmint, rivals even the best lymphatic drainage massage. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "9 Fall Skin-Care Products For a Filter-Free Glow," 27 Sep. 2018 Among other purported benefits, dry brushing is said to increase drainage of lymphatic fluids, thereby flushing toxins from the body. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "Here’s What Dry Brushing Your Skin Actually Does—and Doesn’t Do," 27 Aug. 2018 This treatment, at one of Seattle’s best spas, includes cupping and lymphatic-drainage massage to improve circulation and reduce bloating and swelling, plus 30 minutes in an Infrared Jade Pod to sweat out the last of the toxins. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Overstressed? 15 wellness trends to help you relax," 3 July 2018 Following a quick cleanse and lymphatic drainage, Elena performs microdermabrasion, which involves the use of crystals to deeply exfoliate and brighten the face. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Why a Cryotherapy Facial Is the Best Way to Brighter, Tighter Skin," 30 June 2018 Create a Glowing Canvas Clean and moisturized skin is a no-brainer, but to really supercharge your glow, begin with a hydrating mask and follow it up with a lymphatic facial massage. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Ways to Make Your Foundation Look Like a Second Skin," 12 July 2018 Gua Sha therapy has only recently come into the American consciousness, but health practitioners in China have been using it for centuries to aid in lymphatic drainage and increase blood circulation. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Overstressed? 15 wellness trends to help you relax," 3 July 2018 Harcourt argued that Hamm's veins had become nearly impossible to access after years of intravenous drug use and Hamm's diagnosis, and treatment, of lymphatic cancer. Ivana Hrynkiw, AL.com, "Lawyer: Alabama won't try again to kill inmate who survived February execution attempt," 27 Mar. 2018 Although nervous system tissue and lymphatic infected cervids. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "DNR : Ban deer feeding, baiting to combat 'zombie deer' disease," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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

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First Known Use of lymphatic

Adjective

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lymphatic was in 1649

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More Definitions for lymphatic

lymphatic

adjective
lym·​phat·​ic | \lim-ˈfa-tik \

Kids Definition of lymphatic

: relating to or carrying lymph a lymphatic duct

lymphatic

adjective
lym·​phat·​ic | \lim-ˈfat-ik \

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 \ adverb

lymphatic

noun

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

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