[ lim-fat-ik ]
/ lɪmˈfæt ɪk /


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.

Origin of lymphatic

1640–50; < Latin lymphāticus “frenzied, crazy,” a derivative whose meaning is hard to explain, from lympha “water” (see lymph-, -tic)

Related forms

lym·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


/ (lɪmˈfætɪk) /


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


a lymphatic vessel

Derived Forms

lymphatically, 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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Medicine definitions for lymphatic


[ lĭm-fătĭk ]


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


A lymphatic vessel.
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