pertaining to, containing, or conveying lymph.
(of persons) having the characteristics, as flabbiness or sluggishness, formerly believed to be due to an excess of lymph in the system.


a lymphatic vessel.

Nearby words

  1. lymphangioplasty,
  2. lymphangiosarcoma,
  3. lymphangiotomy,
  4. lymphangitis,
  5. lymphapheresis,
  6. lymphatic corpuscle,
  7. lymphatic duct,
  8. lymphatic leukemia,
  9. lymphatic plexus,
  10. lymphatic sinus

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lymphatic



of, relating to, or containing lymphthe lymphatic vessels
of or relating to the lymphatic system
sluggish or lacking vigour


a lymphatic vessel
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

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Word Origin and History for lymphatic



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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Medicine definitions for lymphatic




Of or relating to lymph, a lymph node, or a lymphatic vessel.


A lymphatic vessel.

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