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[hee-muh-limf, hem-uh-] /ˈhi məˌlɪmf, ˈhɛm ə-/
noun, Anatomy
a fluid in the body cavities and tissues of invertebrates, in arthropods functioning as blood and in some other invertebrates functioning as lymph.
Origin of hemolymph
1880-85; hemo- + lymph
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[hee-moh-lim-fat-ik, hem-oh-] /ˌhi moʊ lɪmˈfæt ɪk, ˌhɛm oʊ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hemolymph
  • These pores either allow the bacterium to infect the insect's blood, the so-called hemolymph, or cause the insect to starve.
  • The spleen is usually included in this list and sometimes the lymph and hemolymph nodes described with the lymphatic system.
  • For one, it pumps a clear liquid called hemolymph, usually towards the head but sometimes in the opposite direction.
  • The hemolymph undergoes radical changes as evinced by its lack of clotting ability, and marked discoloration.
  • hemolymph fills all of the interior hemocoel of the body and surrounds all cells.
hemolymph in Medicine

hemolymph he·mo·lymph (hē'mə-lĭmf')
The blood and lymph considered as a circulating tissue.

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hemolymph in Science
The circulatory fluid of invertebrates, including all arthropods and most mollusks, that have an open circulatory system. Hemolymph is analogous to blood and lymph in vertebrate animals and is not confined in a system of vessels. Hemolymph consists of water, amino acids, inorganic salts, lipids, and sugars. See more at circulatory system.
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