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[lim-fat-ik] /lɪmˈfæt ɪk/
pertaining to, containing, or conveying lymph.
(of persons) having the characteristics, as flabbiness or sluggishness, formerly believed to be due to an excess of lymph in the system.
a lymphatic vessel.
Origin of lymphatic
1640-50; < New Latin lymphāticus. See lymph-, -atic
Related forms
lymphatically, adverb
nonlymphatic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lymphatic
  • She spent much of the past year being treated for lymphatic cancer.
  • With the help of a scanner, the path of lymphatic fluid draining from the melanoma to the nodes can be traced.
  • Lymphomas are cancers of the lymphatic tissue- the lymph nodes where immune cells gather and exchange signals.
  • It's important to not sleep in a flat position to allow your lymphatic system to drain.
  • The spleen is usually included in this list and sometimes the lymph and hemolymph nodes described with the lymphatic system.
  • He took a turn for the worse, however, and his condition was diagnosed as lymphatic cancer.
  • The white pulp is lymphatic tissue consisting mainly of lymphocytes around arteries.
British Dictionary definitions for lymphatic


of, relating to, or containing lymph: the lymphatic vessels
of or relating to the lymphatic system
sluggish or lacking vigour
a lymphatic vessel
Derived Forms
lymphatically, adverb
Word Origin
C17 (meaning: mad): from Latin lymphāticus. Original meaning perhaps arose from a confusion between nymph and lymph; compare Greek numphaleptos frenzied
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Word Origin and History for lymphatic

1640s, from Latin lymphaticus, from lympha (see lymph). Also sometimes used in the classical Latin sense "mad, frenzied," which was the primary sense of lymphaticus in Latin: OED reports this "difficult to account for," but perhaps due to association of lympha with nymphe; cf. Greek nymphian "to be frenzy-stricken."

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lymphatic in Medicine

lymphatic lym·phat·ic (lĭm-fāt'ĭk)
Of or relating to lymph, a lymph node, or a lymphatic vessel. n.
A lymphatic vessel.

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