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lymphatic

 [lim-fat´ik]
1. pertaining to lymph or to a lymphatic vessel.
2. a lymphatic vessel.
lymphatic ducts the two large vessels into which all lymphatic vessels converge. The right lymphatic duct joins the venous system at the junction of the right internal jugular and subclavian veins and carries lymph from the upper right side of the body. The left lymphatic duct, or thoracic duct, enters the circulatory system at the junction of the left internal jugular and subclavian veins; it returns lymph from the upper left side of the body and from below the diaphragm.
lymphatic system the lymphatic vessels and lymphoid tissues considered collectively. (See also circulatory system.) Several diseases affect the lymphatic system. lymphogranuloma venereum is a viral disease that attacks lymph nodes in the groin and usually is transmitted by sexual contact. lymphadenitis is an inflammation of the lymph nodes, particularly in the neck; swollen tonsils is an example. Generalized lymphadenitis can be a symptom of the secondary stage of syphilis. Cancer attacks the lymphatic system, as it does other systems of the body; a tumor of the lymphoid tissue is known as a lymphoma. The general term lymphosarcoma refers to malignant neoplastic disorders of lymphoid tissue.
Diagrammatic representation of lymphatic drainage of various parts of the body. From Dorland's, 2000.

lym·phat·ic

(lim-fat'ik),
1. Pertaining to lymph.
2. A vascular channel that transports lymph.
3. Sometimes used to pertain to a sluggish or phlegmatic characteristic. Synonym(s): vas lymphaticum [TA]
[L. lymphaticus, frenzied; Mod. L. use, of or for lymph]

lymphatic

/lym·phat·ic/ (lim-fat´ik)
1. pertaining to lymph or to a lymphatic vessel.

lymphatic

(lĭm-făt′ĭk)
adj.
1. Anatomy Of or relating to lymph or to the nodes or vessels of the lymphatic system.
2. Archaic Lacking energy or vitality; sluggish.
n. Anatomy
A vessel that conveys lymph.

lym·phat′i·cal·ly adv.

lymphatic

[limfat′ik]
Etymology: L, lympha + icus, form
1 pertaining to the lymphatic system of the body, consisting of a vast network of tubes transporting lymph.
2 pertaining to any of the vessels associated with the lymphatic network.

lymphatic

adjective Related to lymph.

noun A vessel that transports lymph; vas lymphaticum.

lym·phat·ic

(lim-fat'ik)
1. Pertaining to lymph.
2. A vascular channel that transports lymph.
3. Sometimes used to pertain to a sluggish or phlegmatic temperament.
[L. lymphaticus, frenzied]

Lymphatic

Pertaining to lymph, the clear fluid that is collected from tissues, flows through special vessels, and joins the venous circulation.
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lymphatic

vascular channel transporting lymph

lym·phat·ic

(lim-fat'ik)
1. Pertaining to lymph.
2. A vascular channel that transports lymph.
[L. lymphaticus, frenzied]

lymphatic, lymphoid

1. pertaining to lymph or to a lymphatic vessel.
2. a lymphatic vessel.

lymphatic aplasia
causes distention of other lymphatics where lymph flow is blocked and local edema.
lymphatic ducts
the two larger vessels into which all lymphatic vessels converge. The right lymphatic duct joins the venous system at the junction of the right jugular and subclavian veins and carries lymph from the cranial right side of the body. The left lymphatic duct, or thoracic duct, enters the circulatory system at the junction of the left jugular and subclavian veins; it returns lymph from the cranial left side of the body and caudal to the diaphragm.
lymphatic enlargement
includes distention with lymph as in lymphangiectasia, or thickened as in cutaneous tuberculosis.
lymphatic flow obstruction
by local compression, congenital, segmental aplasia, lymphangitis, lymphadenitis.
lymphatic follicle
see lymph nodule; may be primary or secondary.
inherited lymphatic obstruction edema
inherited as a single recessive in Ayrshire and Hereford cattle; calves are edematous, locally or generally at birth and do not improve; the defect is in aplasia of lymph vessels and nodes.
lymphatic leukemia
see lymphatic leukemia.
lymphatic lumbar trunks
a plexus of lymphatics on the abdominal roof that drain into the cisterna chyli.
lymphatic nodule
see lymph nodule.
primary lymphatic organs
see lymphoid organs.
secondary lymphatic organs
see lymphoid organs.
lymphatic system
the lymphatic vessels and lymphoid tissue, considered collectively. See also circulatory system.
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Lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes in the dog. By permission from Aspinall V, O'Reilly M, Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology, Butterworth Heinemann, 2004
lymphatic tissue
see lymphoid tissue.
lymphatic vessel obstruction
occurs as a result of pressure from nearby tumors or other space-occupying lesions, because of hypoplasia of lymph nodes in the fetus, in extensive calcinosis, e.g. in Solanum malacoxylon poisoning and in horses not getting sufficient exercise. Called also lymphangiectasia.
lymphatic vessels
the capillaries, collecting vessels, and trunks that collect lymph from the tissues and carry it to the bloodstream; called also lymphatics.