[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.

Origin of hemolymph

First recorded in 1880–85; hemo- + lymph
Related formshe·mo·lym·phat·ic [hee-moh-lim-fat-ik, hem-oh-] /ˌhi moʊ lɪmˈfæt ɪk, ˌhɛm oʊ-/, adjective
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hemolymphatic in Medicine


  1. The blood and lymph considered as a circulating tissue.
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hemolymphatic in Science


  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. See more at circulatory system.
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