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[limf]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. Archaic. the sap of a plant.
  3. Archaic. a stream or spring of clear, pure water.

Origin of lymph

1620–30; < Latin lympha water (earlier *limpa; see limpid); pseudo-Greek form, by association with nympha < Greek nýmphē nymph

lymph-

  1. variant of lympho- before a vowel: lymphoma.
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British Dictionary definitions for lymph

lymph

noun
  1. 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

C17: from Latin lympha water, from earlier limpa influenced in form by Greek numphē nymph
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Word Origin and History for lymph

n.

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.

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lymph in Medicine

lymph

(lĭmf)
n.
  1. 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.

lymph-

pref.
  1. Variant oflympho-

lymph in Science

lymph

[lĭmf]
  1. 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.

lymph in Culture

lymph

A clear, colorless fluid that circulates through the lymphatic system. Lymph fills the tissue spaces of the body.

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