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lymphatic

[lim-fat-ik]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to, containing, or conveying lymph.
  2. (of persons) having the characteristics, as flabbiness or sluggishness, formerly believed to be due to an excess of lymph in the system.
noun
  1. a lymphatic vessel.

Origin of lymphatic

1640–50; < Latin lymphāticus “frenzied, crazy,” a derivative whose meaning is hard to explain, from lympha “water” (see lymph-, -tic)
Related formslym·phat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·lym·phat·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lymphatic

lymphatic

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or containing lymphthe lymphatic vessels
  2. of or relating to the lymphatic system
  3. sluggish or lacking vigour
noun
  1. a lymphatic vessel
Derived Formslymphatically, adverb

Word Origin

C17 (meaning: mad): from Latin lymphāticus. Original meaning perhaps arose from a confusion between nymph and lymph; compare Greek numphaleptos frenzied
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Word Origin and History for lymphatic

adj.

1640s, from Latin lymphaticus, from lympha (see lymph). Also sometimes used in the classical Latin sense "mad, frenzied," which was the primary sense of lymphaticus in Latin: OED reports this "difficult to account for," but perhaps due to association of lympha with nymphe; cf. Greek nymphian "to be frenzy-stricken."

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lymphatic in Medicine

lymphatic

(lĭm-fătĭk)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to lymph, a lymph node, or a lymphatic vessel.
n.
  1. A lymphatic vessel.
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