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

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Other Words from lymphatic


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

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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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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 His attorney, who is also a professor of law and political science at Columbia, Bernard Harcourt has argued that Hamm has lymphatic cancer and intravenous injection of the lethal drugs will cause significant pain and suffering. Ivana Hrynkiw,, "Attorneys for Alabama AG's Office, death row inmate argue in federal court," 31 Jan. 2018 Elizabeth Taylor, owner and lead esthetician of True Beauty Brooklyn in New York, regularly incorporates manual lymphatic drainage into her facials. Elizabeth Kiefer, The Seattle Times, "Jade rollers: Puffy-eye wonder cure or sham?," 26 Mar. 2019 So that’s really good at naturally giving color and flush to the skin, getting up antioxidants, helping with lymphatic drainage, helping to improve your sleep patterns. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Does a Pre-Oscars Facial Really Entail?," 23 Feb. 2019 Dry brushing is used on the surface of the skin, while your lymphatic vessels are deep under the skin surface. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "Here’s What Dry Brushing Your Skin Actually Does—and Doesn’t Do," 27 Aug. 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

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First Known Use of lymphatic


1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1667, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lymphatic was in 1649

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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

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