a combining form representing lymph in compound words: lymphocyte.



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Also especially before a vowel, lymph-. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021


What does lympho- mean?

Lympho- is a combining form used like a prefix indicating lymph, an important liquid in the body that contains white blood cells and is conveyed to the bloodstream through lymphatic vessels. Lympho- is used in many medical terms, especially in anatomy and pathology.

Lympho- comes from the Latin lympha, meaning “water.” This Latin root has been connected to the Greek word nýmphē, source of nymph in English. Discover more at our entry for nymph.

In some instances, such as lymphokine, lympho- specifically represents lymphocyte, a kind of white blood cell.

Closely related to lympho- is lymphangi-, a combining form meaning “lymph vessel” and connected to the combining form angio-.

What are variants of lympho-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, lympho- becomes lymph-, as in lymphoma .

Examples of lympho-

One example of a medical term that features the combining form lympho- is lymphopathy, “a disease of the lymphatic vessels or lymph nodes.”

We know that lympho- means “lymph.” The -pathy part of the word may also look familiar; it indicates “disease.” Lymphopathy literally translates to “lymph disease.”

What are some words that use the combining form lympho-?

What are some other forms that lympho- may be commonly confused with?

Break it down!

The combining form -cyte means “cell.” With this in mind, what does lymphocyte literally translate to?

British Dictionary definitions for lympho-


before a vowel lymph-

combining form

indicating lymph or the lymphatic systemlymphogranuloma
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

Medical definitions for lympho-



Lymphatic system; lymph:lymphocyte.
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