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lymphatic

adjective lym·phat·ic \ lim-ˈfa-tik \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of lymphatic

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

lymphatically

play \lim-ˈfa-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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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.

First Known Use of lymphatic

1649


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lymphatic

noun

Definition of lymphatic

: a vessel that contains or conveys lymph called also lymph vessel

Recent Examples of lymphatic from the Web

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First Known Use of lymphatic

1667


LYMPHATIC Defined for Kids

lymphatic

adjective lym·phat·ic \ lim-ˈfa-tik \

Definition of lymphatic for Students

: relating to or carrying lymph
  • a lymphatic duct

Medical Dictionary

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lymphatic

adjective lym·phat·ic \ lim-ˈfat-ik \

medical Definition of lymphatic

1 a : 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

lymphatically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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lymphatic

noun

medical Definition of lymphatic

: 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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