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lymph node

noun
1.
any of the glandlike masses of tissue in the lymphatic vessels containing cells that become lymphocytes.
Also called lymph gland.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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Examples from the web for lymph nodes
  • Some of the potentially harmful ink ends up in the body's lymph nodes, part of the immune system.
  • These structures function as the lymph nodes of the eye, trapping unwanted dirt and detritus.
  • Victims become lethargic and may suffer severe swelling of the lymph nodes.
  • Sometimes biopsies were taken from her lymph nodes or rectum.
  • All six of the excised lymph nodes were malignant, a bad sign.
  • Further surgeries indicated that the cancer had spread to some lymph nodes.
  • lymph nodes help your body recognize and fight germs, infections, and other foreign substances.
  • Usually, the tumor is removed along with part of the colon and nearby lymph nodes.
  • The surgeon may do a biopsy of lymph nodes in the underarm area to see if the cancer has spread.
  • The lymph nodes in the neck are frequently swollen and painful.
British Dictionary definitions for lymph nodes

lymph node

noun
1.
any of numerous bean-shaped masses of tissue, situated along the course of lymphatic vessels, that help to protect against infection by killing bacteria and neutralizing toxins and are the source of lymphocytes
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lymph nodes in Medicine

lymph node n.
Any of the small, oval or round bodies, located along the lymphatic vessels, that supply lymphocytes to the bloodstream and remove bacteria and foreign particles from the lymph. Also called lymph gland, lymphoglandula, lymphonodus.

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lymph nodes in Science
lymph node  
A bean-shaped mass of tissue found at intervals along the vessels of the lymphatic system. Lymph nodes filter foreign substances from the blood.
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lymph nodes in Culture

lymph nodes definition


Small, rounded structures along the small vessels of the lymphatic system that produce disease-fighting white blood cells and filter out harmful microorganisms and toxins from the lymph. Lymph nodes may become enlarged when they are actively fighting infection.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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