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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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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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 Also on offer will be the Ballancer Pro, an inflating compression full-body pantsuit (practically made for Instagram), which is said to encourage lymphatic drainage, increase circulation, and reduce swelling. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "London’s Favorite Celebrity Facialist Opens a New Skin-Care Studio in Tribeca," 24 Aug. 2018 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

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


1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1667, in the meaning defined above

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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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