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Lymph


/limf/

Noun

1. The fluid that circulates throughout the lymphatic system. The lymph is formed when the interstitial fluid (the fluid which lies in the interstices of all body tissues)[1] is collected through lymph capillaries. As the blood and the surrounding cells continually add and remove substances from the interstitial fluid, its composition continually changes and it changes into lymph fluid. It is then transported through lymph vessels to lymph nodes before emptying ultimately into the right or the left subclavian vein, where it mixes back with blood. (wikipedia.org)

2. A colourless, watery, bodily fluid carried by the lymphatic system, that consists mainly of white blood cells. (wiktionary.org)

3. Discharge from a sore, inflammation etc. (wiktionary.org)

4. The almost colourless fluid that bathes body tissues and is found in the lymphatic vessels that drain the tissues of the fluid that filters across the blood vessel walls from blood. Lymph carries lymphocytes that have entered the lymph nodes from the blood. (biology-online.org)

5. A thin coagulable fluid (similar to plasma but) containing white blood cells (lymphocytes) and chyle; is conveyed to the blood stream by lymphatic vessels. (wordnetweb.princeton.edu)

Word origin: From French lymphe, from Latin lympha “water, clear water, a goddess of water,” variant of lumpæ “waters,” altered by influence of Greek nymphe “goddess of a spring, nymph.”

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