Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

lymphatic

[lim-fat-ik]
See more synonyms for lymphatic on Thesaurus.com
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.
Show More
noun
  1. a lymphatic vessel.
Show More

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for lymphatic

apathetic, blah, comatose, dopey, easy, enervated, faint, feeble, flagging, heavy, impassive, inactive, indifferent, inert, infirm, lackadaisical, laid-back, languishing, languorous, lazy

Examples from the Web for lymphatic

Contemporary Examples of lymphatic

Historical Examples of lymphatic


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
Show More
noun
  1. a lymphatic vessel
Show More
Derived Formslymphatically, adverb

Word Origin for lymphatic

C17 (meaning: mad): from Latin lymphāticus. Original meaning perhaps arose from a confusion between nymph and lymph; compare Greek numphaleptos frenzied
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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."

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lymphatic in Medicine

lymphatic

(lĭm-fătĭk)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to lymph, a lymph node, or a lymphatic vessel.
Show More
n.
  1. A lymphatic vessel.
Show More
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.