lymph BrE [lɪmf] NAmE [lɪmf] noun uncountable
a clear liquid containing white blood cells that helps to clean the tissues of the body and helps to prevent infections from spreading
Derived Word: lymphatic
[lymph lymphatic] late 16th cent. (originally referring to pure water): from French lymphe or Latin lympha, limpa ‘water’.
a thin coagulable fluid (similar to plasma but) containing white blood cells (lymphocytes) and chyle; is conveyed to the blood stream by lymphatic vessels
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||A spring of water; hence, water, or a pure, transparent liquid like water.|
A fountain bubbled up, whose lymph serene
Nothing of earthly mixture might distain.
|2.||(Anat.) An alkaline colorless fluid, contained in the lymphatic vessels, coagulable like blood, but free from red blood corpuscles. It is absorbed from the various tissues and organs of the body, and is finally discharged by the thoracic and right lymphatic ducts into the great veins near the heart.|
|3.||(Med.) A fibrinous material exuded from the blood vessels in inflammation. In the process of healing it is either absorbed, or is converted into connective tissue binding the inflamed surfaces together.|
|4.||(Physiol. Chem.) A fluid containing certain products resulting from the growth of specific microorganisms upon some culture medium, and supposed to be possessed of curative properties.|
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