An example of lymph is a fluid that moves bacteria away from an inflammed body part.
- Archaic a spring of clear water
- a clear, yellowish fluid resembling blood plasma, found in intercellular spaces and in the lymphatic vessels of vertebrates
- any of various colorless liquids similar to this; esp., the clear liquid given off from inflamed bodily tissues
Origin of lymphClassical Latin lympha, spring water, altered (infl. by Classical Greek nymph?: see nymph) ; from Old Latin limpa, lumpa, origin, originally ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Greek nymph?
- A clear, watery, sometimes faintly yellowish fluid derived from body tissues that contains white blood cells and circulates throughout the lymphatic system, returning to the venous bloodstream through the thoracic duct. Lymph acts to remove bacteria and certain proteins from the tissues, transport fat from the small intestine, and supply mature lymphocytes to the blood.
- Archaic A spring or stream of pure, clear water.
Origin of lymphLatin lympha, water nymph, from Greek numph&emacron;, young bride, water nymph.
From Latin lympha (“water, water nymph"), from Ancient Greek Î½ÏÎ¼Ï†Î· (numphÄ“, “nymph") (English nymph), of unknown origin.