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hemolymph

[ hee-muh-limf, hem-uh- ]

noun

, Anatomy.
  1. a fluid in the body cavities and tissues of invertebrates, in arthropods functioning as blood and in some other invertebrates functioning as lymph.


hemolymph

/ mə-lĭmf′ /

  1. The circulatory fluid of invertebrates, including all arthropods and most mollusks, that have an open circulatory system. Hemolymph is analogous to blood and lymph in vertebrate animals and is not confined in a system of vessels. Hemolymph consists of water, amino acids, inorganic salts, lipids, and sugars.
  2. See more at circulatory system


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Other Words From

  • he·mo·lym·phat·ic [hee-moh-lim-, fat, -ik, hem-oh-], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hemolymph1

First recorded in 1880–85; hemo- + lymph

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Example Sentences

Isolation of Staphylococcus albus from hemolymph of the roach, Blatta orientalis.

Mitotic response of roach hemocytes to certain pathogenes in the hemolymph.

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