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lymph node

any of the glandlike masses of tissue in the lymphatic vessels containing cells that become lymphocytes.
Also called lymph gland.
Origin of lymph node
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The organisms are carried to the lymph nodes, which, acting as filters, retain them and for a time prevent a further extension.

    Disease and Its Causes

    William Thomas Councilman
  • One more function of the lymph nodes must be mentioned; this is their property in preventing the spread of cancer cells.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • The lymphatics that drain the lungs carry along these dust particles and they lodge in lymph nodes at the base of the neck.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
British Dictionary definitions for lymph nodes

lymph node

any of numerous bean-shaped masses of tissue, situated along the course of lymphatic vessels, that help to protect against infection by killing bacteria and neutralizing toxins and are the source of lymphocytes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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lymph nodes in Medicine

lymph node n.
Any of the small, oval or round bodies, located along the lymphatic vessels, that supply lymphocytes to the bloodstream and remove bacteria and foreign particles from the lymph. Also called lymph gland, lymphoglandula, lymphonodus.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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lymph nodes in Science
lymph node  
A bean-shaped mass of tissue found at intervals along the vessels of the lymphatic system. Lymph nodes filter foreign substances from the blood.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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lymph nodes in Culture

lymph nodes definition

Small, rounded structures along the small vessels of the lymphatic system that produce disease-fighting white blood cells and filter out harmful microorganisms and toxins from the lymph. Lymph nodes may become enlarged when they are actively fighting infection.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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