Definition of lymph in English:

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Pronunciation: /limf/


1 Physiology A colorless fluid containing white blood cells, that bathes the tissues and drains through the lymphatic system into the bloodstream.
Example sentences
  • This includes cell salts, fatty tissue, lymph, red and white blood cells, two glands of the endocrine system and even the bones.
  • The lymphatic system is a network of very fine vessels or tubes called lymphatics that drain lymph from all over the body.
  • This injection also identifies the lymphatic basins, nodal areas, and respective lymph draining sites that are considered to be at risk for metastases.
1.1Fluid exuding from a sore or inflamed tissue.
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  • He did not know the specific infective agent but was certain that a treatment would soon be available in the form of a ‘vaccine of Pasteur or lymph of Koch.’
  • Legs become scaly, swollen, and exude lymph fluid.
  • In 1798, the British physician Edward Jenner used a milkmaid's lymph containing cowpox virus to vaccinate a child.
2 literary Pure water.
Example sentences
  • I refreshed myself in the mid-day heat by drinking its pure lymph from the hollow of my hand, and gazed with long and insatiable delight upon the memorable fountain.



Pronunciation: /-fəs/
Example sentences
  • He had been ill for a year with lymphous sarcoma.
  • In lymphous urine I found filarias at all hours when the urine was emitted.
  • They contain a thin lymphous fluid, and are found in the healthy ovaria of every young woman.


Late 16th century (sense 2): from French lymphe or Latin lympha, limpa 'water'.

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