- Anatomy, Physiology. a clear yellowish, slightly alkaline, coagulable fluid, containing white blood cells in a liquid resembling blood plasma, that is derived from the tissues of the body and conveyed to the bloodstream by the lymphatic vessels.
- Archaic. the sap of a plant.
- Archaic. a stream or spring of clear, pure water.
Origin of lymph
- variant of lympho- before a vowel: lymphoma.
Examples from the Web for lymph
First, bubonic (rhymes with pneumonic but is altogether different) is a local infection sequestered in a lymph node.Bubonic Plague Is Back (but It Never Really Left)
November 27, 2014
The tumor in his colon had spread to four of his lymph nodes and penetrated the bowel wall.How Big Pharma Holds Back in the War on Cancer
April 23, 2014
But the attitude of doctors was that if the lymph glands were swollen it was a good sign of a body fighting infection.Sean Strub: Sex, AIDS, Politics and Survival
January 27, 2014
The only way to move your lymph, and the extra load of toxins from your giant meal, is to move your muscles.
The lymph system serves to gather and remove cellular toxins.
Perhaps in his whole body there is not an ounce of blood, nor lymph, nor fluid of any kind.'The Grain Ship
There was no lymph on the intestines nor sign of inflammation.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
At the same time the movement of the lymph stream is accelerated.
But these lymph cells do not always stay in the lymph glands.
So in general, the invasion is stopped at the first lymph gland.
- the almost colourless fluid, containing chiefly white blood cells, that is collected from the tissues of the body and transported in the lymphatic system
Word Origin and History for lymph
1725 in physiology sense, "colorless fluid found in the body," 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." The word was used earlier in English in the classical sense "pure water, water" (1620s), also (1670s) with reference to colorless fluids in plants. Also see lymphatic. Lymph node is attested from 1892.
- A clear, watery, sometimes faintly yellowish fluid derived from body tissues that contains white blood cells and circulates throughout the lymphatic system, returning to the venous bloodstream through the thoracic duct. Lymph acts to remove bacteria and certain proteins from the tissues, transport fat from the small intestine, and supply mature lymphocytes to the blood.
- Variant oflympho-
- The clear fluid flowing through the lymphatic system that serves to bathe and nourish the tissues of the body. It is composed of blood plasma that has leaked out through the capillaries into the tissues.