Definition of lymph
1 archaic : the sap of plants
2 [New Latin lympha, from Latin, water] : a usually clear coagulable fluid that passes from intercellular spaces of body tissue into the lymphatic vessels, is discharged into the blood by way of the thoracic duct, and resembles blood plasma in containing white blood cells and especially lymphocytes but normally few red blood cells and no platelets
Recent Examples of lymph from the Web
And the results were virtually identical for patients with lower-risk disease, defined as cancer that had spread to one to three lymph nodes but not completely through the bowel wall.
They are made into tea or tinctures, benefitting the lungs and lymph nodes, as well as alleviating joint problems.
This research is a new approach to treat the deadliest of melanomas, metastatic melanomas, which have the ability to move from the skin to your lymph nodes and then other organs such as your lungs or brain.
If left untreated, a bubonic plague infection can kill a person in as little as two days, either by causing lymph nodes to burst and flood the bloodstream, or by attacking lung tissue to cause pneumonia.
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Origin and Etymology of lymph
Latin lympha, water goddess, water, perhaps modification of Greek nymphē nymph — more at nuptial
First Known Use: circa 1673
Definition of lymph-
: lymph : lymphatic tissue lymphogranuloma
Origin and Etymology of lymph-
New Latin lympha
LYMPH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lymph for English Language Learners
medical : a pale fluid that contains white blood cells and that passes through channels in the body and helps to keep bodily tissues healthy
LYMPH Defined for Kids
Definition of lymph for Students
: a clear liquid like blood without the red blood cells that nourishes the tissues and carries off wastes
Medical Definition of lymph
: a usually clear coagulable fluid that passes from intercellular spaces of body tissue into the lymphatic vessels, is discharged into the blood by way of the thoracic duct and right lymphatic duct, and resembles blood plasma in containing white blood cells and especially lymphocytes but normally few red blood cells and no platelets—see chyle; compare cerebrospinal fluid
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