(Latin) lympha: confer (French) lymphe.
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. Trench.2. (Anatomy) 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. (Medicine) 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. Lymph corpuscles (Anatomy), finely granular nucleated cells, identical with the colorless blood corpuscles, present in the lymph and chyle. -- Lymph duct (Anatomy), a lymphatic. -- Lymph heart. See Note under Heart, noun 1.
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From Latin lympha (“water, water nymph”), from Ancient Greek νύμφη (numphē, “nymph”) (English nymph), of unknown origin.
lymph (uncountable) (obsolete, poetical) Pure water. (physiology, immunology) A colourless, watery, bodily fluid carried by the lymphatic system, that consists mainly of white blood cells. Discharge from a sore, inflammation etc. 2000, JG Ballard, Super-Cannes, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 268: She lay face-down, an infected puncture point on the inside of her thigh oozing a faint lymph.
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